Work and Worship

Most of us usually do not think that our work has anything to do with our Sunday worship. We dichotomize between secular and spiritual. Work is secular employment; worship is for God and church. It is no wonder that Christians fail to make an impact in the marketplace. We do not look at our work as another way to share our faith. 

However, in Psalm 104, the psalmist seems to connect worship of God as Creator and Sustainer with our mundane grind of labor. In fact, according to the psalmist, work is a blessing, not a curse. Since most of our life is spent working to earn our bread and butter, we ought to see our work as an extension of our worship of God. If we cannot be holy at our work, it is useless to try being holy elsewhere.

It is the man who gets up in the morning and goes to his job and works all day in the marketplace, it is the woman who pursues her daily tasks at home or in the workplace with cheerfulness – these are the ones who make an impact for Christ in the world. 

How we work is as important as how we pray. There is no greater testimony than the Christian mechanic or technician at his workshop, the Christian teacher in the classroom, the Christian secretary at the desk, the Christian nurse at the hospital ward, or the Christian accountant keeping the books in the office. 

This is where Christianity must be seen. Going to church means little if you are a lazy slouch on the job or you practice ‘tai chi’ in your workplace. Our problem is that we do not see our daily work as a way to worship God.  What you do on Monday is just as important in the eyes of the Lord as what you do in church on Sunday. 

Remember, you are the only Bible someone will ever read. You are the only gospel someone will ever hear.  What do people read, hear, and see when they look at your life? 

Someone has said: “The only way to show that Christianity is the best of all faiths is to show that it produces the best of all human person.” When we show that our faith makes us better workers, truer friends, better neighbours, kinder men and women, then we are really preaching. 

Our lives are sermons that daily draw others to Jesus – or push them away from Him. I pray that it will be the former for all of us.

Rev. Mark Tay