I want to talk about a myth of Christianity: Only Church Work is Spiritual!
Fact: Christianity makes no distinction between the “sacred” and the “secular.”
There is no secular – all of life is supernaturally purposed and effective.
Don’t believe that everyday work in the “secular world” has no lasting value and only “sacred” work matters to God. I graduated from college 30 years ago. During those 30 years there were two 18 month stretches – one in 1988 and then one in 2002 – where I worked full time in ‘Church Work’. During the other 27 years I have worked in the business world.
Those 27 years were just as spiritual as those 3 years working in the ‘church’. Your choice is not in the ministry or in business. It’s all ministry! We are all full time Christian workers.
Where did this Split Come From?
In 312 A.D., during the early reformation period, the Catholic church elevated the spiritual at the expense of the secular, creating a dualism (two worlds) of belief. This belief said the spiritual had greater value than the secular. This is where the term “full-time Christian work” was introduced. The result led to the separation of church and state and the sacred versus secular view of work and calling.
When we walk with God everything we are, everything we do, and everything we live for is Godly. Could this be true? Yes! Could vacations, playing with our kids, and preaching all be God? Yes!
Dennis Doyle, CEO of The Welsh Companies, a real estate sales and management firm in Minneapolis, says “There’s a new paradigm,” Doyle says. “God’s calling people into the marketplace. A lot of us in business thought we had to leave our business if we want to be in ministry. But we are sure that God can use our business for ministry.”
God wants His principles to invade all of life just like in the Garden of Eden. I have begun to understand God’s kingdom is not confined to the four walls of the church. It exists wherever men acknowledge Jesus as their Lord and King. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke17:21). It goes with you wherever you go.
Jesus also told us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” If we take this literally, our goal must be nothing less than the transformation of society. All work is Christian!