When Faith Meets Work

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We don’t have enough understanding of our faith, and we don’t have enough understanding of our work.

So suggests Katherine Alsdorf in a new roundtable video with Carolyn McCulley and Bethany Jenkins. Figuring out how to integrate faith and work isn’t only massively important, explains the co-author (with Tim Keller) of Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (Dutton, 2012) [review | interview]. But it’s also far from easy.

“Our view of work is influenced by questions we hear today, such as ‘How can you be fulfilled?’ and ‘How can you reach your maximum potential?’” observes McCulley, author of The Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work, and the Home (B&H, 2014) [excerpt]. “But so often our jobs are God’s crucible of sanctification in our lives—where he intends to mold our character to be more like his Son.”

And our Maker’s concern for his creation runs far deeper than we sometimes assume. “It’s important to remember that God doesn’t just care about lawyers; he cares about justice,” explains Jenkins, director of TGC’s faith-and-work initiative, Every Square Inch. “He doesn’t just care about florists; he cares about flowers.”

Watch the full seven-minute video to hear these women leaders discuss the chain of answered prayer, how the biblical storyline informs our vocational lives, and more.