Studies have shown that the average person will spend over a third of his/her waking life at work. Since most Christians are not engaged in full-time vocational ministry, how do we integrate our faith into one of the biggest portions of our lives–our work?
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In nothing has the Church so lost Her hold on reality as Her failure to understand and respect the secular vocation. She has allowed work and religion to become separate departments, and is astonished to find that, as a result, the secular work of the world is turned to purely selfish and destructive ends, and that the greater part of the world’s intelligent workers have become irreligious or at least uninterested in religion…. But is it astonishing? How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life?
I came across this quote by Dorothy Sayers in a sermon by Dr. Timothy Keller and believe it highlights some of the misconceptions we often hold about work. During my year as a Charlotte Fellow I began to see the way these errors played out in my own life and understand how the Gospel of grace totally transforms our understanding of vocation.