Work as Worship, but Don't Worship Work

2015 Work as Worship Conference


Religion has become an uncomfortable notion in society today. As a result, our culture has sought to privatize it leading to confusion among many over how to live out their faith publicly. In this 28-minute session from the 2015 Work as Worship Conference, Eric Metaxas explains how faith contributes to the flourishing of work and why it is critical to a vibrant culture for all.

Eric is the author of four New York Times Bestsellers, including Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which was named “Book of the Year” by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) and appeared on numerous 2010 “Book of the Year” lists. He is also the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a daily radio program in 120 cities, and the co-host of BreakPoint, a daily radio program that provides a Christian perspective on current news.



We are all created by a God who knows us intimately and places us purposefully, which means that you have divine significance in your work. Christians in the workplace have the opportunity to point others to this reality as well.

How well does your organization respect religious exercise? Have you felt the freedom to express your beliefs? Why or why not?
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In what ways have you been tempted to keep your faith private? What are some of the obstacles that discourage you from visibly living out your beliefs?
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Do you feel a sense of purpose in your work? How does knowing God's intimate involvement in your life affect any meaninglessness you experience today?
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God knows exactly why He made us. Our job is to pursue a relationship with Him that is vibrant enough to identify His purpose for our lives—and He is not trying to confuse us in the process.

Often times, the language of "calling" can be confusing, but as Eric said, "You're not worshiping a trickster God. You're worshiping a God who is on your side. He wants to lead you more than you want Him to lead you." Do you have a sense of the ways in which God has called you? If not, what are some of the skills, talents, and passions He has given to you? How could you incorporate these into your work?
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Can you identify some of the responsibilities to which God has called you? In what ways has He equipped you to carry them out? Spend a moment thanking Him for His gracious provision.
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Eric said, "Everybody longs for some kind of meaning or some kind of transcendence." Christianity is the best answer to these longings, which is part of the reason why a visible faith is important for the world to see. Have you felt similar longings in your own experience? What are some of the ways God has satisfied them for you? How could you share them with others in your workplace this week?
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While highlighting the importance of faith in public life, Eric pointed out how ordered liberties and freedoms served as the basis for America's founding. From the start, these freedoms were valued and protected because they were seen to bring balance to the system in which we live. 

In your personal experience, how have you seen the value of religious expression in the workplace? What are some of the ways in which it has encouraged freedom in others?
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In what ways have you seen religious expression misused? What were some of the negative effects it had on the workplace? How can you avoid this in your interactions with others?
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God is calling Christians to live out their faith in work, but a job is not merely a platform for evangelism. Eric mentioned a number of ways in which business blesses others (creating wealth, jobs, opportunities, etc.). How do you model your faith in your work? What are some of the values you aim to express? Do you sense God calling you to change any of the ways you work? Explain.
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1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)

15but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


While evangelism is not the only way to make your faith visible in work, all Christians are called to talk specifically about their faith to others. Do you struggle with sharing your beliefs? What are some of the motivating factors behind any fears you have?
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Is there anyone in your life God has placed on your heart to share your faith? Are there any barriers that have kept you from doing so? What steps will you take in surrendering those to God today?
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As Eric said, whatever blessings we have as Christians are given to us by God to be a blessing in service to others. Do you know of any needs of the people in your workplace? How could you use the blessings God has given you to meet their needs this week?
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Christians everywhere have a tremendous opportunity to represent God in the workplace. By displaying godly values, commitment, and service to others we help those around us to see the truth of Christ both in word and deed. The world needs leaders who are willing to act boldly for the sake of the gospel. Let your life be marked by the aroma of Christ as a testimony of the goodness of God in your work.

For more information on the Work as Worship Conference or how to attend next year's event, visit www.workasworshipconference.org