Living the Christian Life at Work

—Colossians 3:22–24

  • Andrew Fountain – Oct 29, 2017

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The Christian and Work

Practical challenges and how we can respond

Any kind of work

  • As a home-maker (including those who have a disbility)
  • Raising kids
  • Student
  • Regular employment (full or part-time)
  • Work from home
  • Self-employed
  • Volunteer

The Christian and Work

  1. The challenges of work
  2. Balancing our time
  3. When to complain
  4. Pointing to Jesus
  5. Success


  • Drudgery
    • no opportunity for creativity
  • Work is tough and demanding
    • Pressure to perform
    • Stressful and anxiety-provoking
    • Long hours/shifts
    • Pysically hard work
    • Poor working conditions
  • Unfairness/mistreatment
    • Boss
    • Co-workers
  • Purposeless
    • Little ultimate value
    • How does this bring glory to God?
  • Self-discipline
    • Time management
    • Procrastination
    • Organization

There was work in a perfect world

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” [Gen 2:15]

  • Work is inherently good, and we were created to work
  • God works!
  • And there will be work in the New Creation
  • But this is a fallen world, and work is hard

The Fight John White p.205

Col 3:22–24

  1. Bondservants, obey your earthly masters in every respect, not only when they are watching—like those who are strictly people-pleasers—but with a sincere heart, fearing the Lord.
  2. Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people, 24because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward.
    Serve the Lord Christ.

1 Samuel 2:30

Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honour me I will honour, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

  • How can you possibly suffer by putting God first?

Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might”


  • Work is part of being truly human
  • Do it for Christ
  • Honour God and he will honour you

Matthew 25:21

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”