How to Embody the Gospel at Work

2012 Work as Worship Conference

In this 35 minute session from the 2012 Work as Worship Conference, Tara Russell, CEO and Founder of Create Common Good, talks about developing a theological framework for our workplace and discovering the power within place God called each of us.

Take a look at this video that challenges us to use our gifts, talent and skills to glorify God where he has planted us.

How do we serve God who has placed us in the business world? How does that affect the way we work? Do you view your work as an opportunity to worship the God who made you?

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact the way you view and conduct your work.

Tara started off with a diagram of an inaccurate perspective of the hierarchy of believers:

  • 1. Pastors, Church Leaders, Missionaries 
  • 2. People who give a lot and/or pray a lot 
  • 3. The rest of us

What do you think of that order? Do you reflect that hierarchy in the way you think and live? Do you feel like you've chosen a "lesser path"? Or do you live in the equality of believers in God's eyes? How?
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Re-read Isaiah 61:1–3. Take a moment to write down your calling. How are you harnessing your gifts, talent and skills to glorify God where he planted you? Who around you needs to hear about the grace of God? Is there anything that needs to change?
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Tara gave the history of how she founded Create Common Good and experienced burnout. Have you ever felt that way? Describe. What did you do?
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Tara gave four things she learned that gave spiritual significance to food which helped her. She calls it the "theology of food."

  1. Food is about building relationships. 
  2. Food has spiritual significance. 
  3. Food is nourishment for the body and the soul. 
  4. Food as transformation.

Instead of thinking about the "fruit of your labor," write down the fruit of your spirit.
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Read Exodus 16:3–5. Describe a time that your soul has been nourished when you have paused and reflected during a meal with someone. Consider initiating a "soul nourishing" meal with someone this week.
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Read Matthew 14:13–18. The miracle surrounding the feeding of the 5000 opened people's eyes to Jesus as the Messiah. Tara gave the example of Create Common Good, when the training and relationships in her organization led to healing and transformation. Think of your own environment. How can you promote circumstances and relationships that will foster transformation and healing in those around you?
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Read John 6:27. Ultimately our energy source is God and our renewed intimacy with him. Are you getting your worth from "being" or "doing"? Does your "doing" come out of your relationship with God? Is there anything that needs to change?
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Tara encouraged pastors and church leaders to model God-centered leadership as they equip and empower other leaders. Do you feel you are being equipped and empowered by the church to be unleashed in your own calling? Who can you talk to this week?
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As you discern you passions and purpose; discovering your "why," may you realize your unique role in the body of Christ.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.   ' 1 Cor. 12:27 (NIV)

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