Living the Christian Life at Work

Colossians 3:22–24 — Andrew Fountain: Oct 29, 2017

The Christian and Work

Practical challenges and how we can respond

Any kind of work

The Christian and Work

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

1. The challenges of work


  • 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]

Quote from John White about exams p.204f

Let me begin with study.

And forever ahead of us go the frightening rituals we go through in examination halls. The silences. The rustling paper. The measured tread of the proctor. Frantic scribblings. The merciless moving of the fingers on the clock...

We put the horror away in the back of our minds, telling ourselves it isn’t so bad as all that. Yet our brain freezes over at the time approaches, and our notes stare back at us blankly and meaninglessly...

I remember the relief I felt when I quit worrying about exams. I was studying human pathology at the time. I recall the desk I was sitting at and the view of tree tops from my open, leaded windows. With half my mind I was reading and with the other half I was worrying about such questions as: Am I really absorbing this stuff? Is it likely to come up in the exam? Maybe this textbook is too detailed. Am I going too slowly? Should I get another textbook? Ought I to rely on lecture notes? Why is it so boring?

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.

2. Balancing our time

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.

3. When to complain

4. Pointing to Jesus

5. Success

Ecclesiastes 9:10

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


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.’”

Updated on 2017-11-02 by Andrew Fountain