A Theology of Work: All of Us Reflect the Image of God

I was having a conversation with my wife the other about her business. She is a serious DIYer, crafter, and interior designer (she blogs at The Modest Homestead if you’re interested). She has more talent in one pinkie than I do in my entire body when comes to design.

I was encouraging her to step out of her comfort zone and trust her talent. She wants to do more with her business but she’s afraid she might fail. Isn’t that all of us?

Don’t we all have something we might like to do but we’re afraid to fail?

I was encouraging her specifically to use the gifts God has given her. Encouraging her to understand her gifts theologically. She replied, “That’s easier for you because you’re good with spiritual stuff. I just do design work.”

My thoughts immediately went back to Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller. I explained how God created her in his image. In his likeness. With the capacity for creativity. Creativity he shows off every day as we wander through life. Creativity she’s endowed with.

It’s rooting all of our work in creation that makes our work significant. Studying theology is important. Interior design is important. Engineering is important. Teaching is important.

Christians, we must understand these truths to encourage each other with them. Work isn’t meaningless.

Pastors, you must preach these truths to your flock.