It’s true. Once you graduate college, your life will consist of working, sleeping, seeing friends, and eating, probably in that order. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Americans spend at least 1896 hours per year at work, almost 9 hours a day of work-related activities.
If work is such a big part of our lives once we are no longer in the realm of college, then it’s immensely important that we understand it biblically. What does God really think about work? Does he even value work, or does he only value it if it’s related to ministry, somehow?
Much like the ants above, we can be sorely tempted to think of work as only toilsome, a labor that no one really wants to do, but something you have to do in order to have a paycheck and eat. You go, you do something menial, and you live for the weekends.
But this low view of work doesn’t take into consideration the goodness of God’s design for it into creation. If God created it, then it can’t be all bad, especially if we will be working (mostly) the rest of our lives. Over my next few posts, I’ll look at how God designed work, how the goodness of work has been tainted, the mission of work, and how God uses us to play a part in work that takes place every day all over the globe.