When we get right down to it, it seems that most of the sins we face when it comes to our jobs can be boiled down to a couple of pitfalls. One the one hand, we can let our job become an idol. Our work can become the primary object of our passions, our energy, our love. We end up worshiping our job. On the other hand, we can slip into being idle in our work. When we fail to see God’s purposes in our work, we don’t really care much about it. We fail to give any attention to it, or we despise it and generally neglect our responsibility to serve as if we are serving the Lord. Unfortunately, idleness in work and idolatry of work are both celebrated in our society. We tend to praise those who make work the center of their lives, as well as those who have somehow pushed it out of their lives entirely. Both of these pitfalls, though -idleness and idolatry- are deadly misunderstandings of how God wants us to think about our jobs.

Sebastian Traegar and Greg Gilbert, The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs, 18


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