Work is Worship
Last week, my wife and I were watching a travel documentary about the Ganges River. It was engagingly presented by Sue Perkins and we both found it very interesting. As you can imagine, quite a bit of the programme looked at various aspects of the Hindu faith.
At one point the programme focused upon a ‘Hindu Holy Man’ who had apparently also become an incredibly successful business man and was now responsible for running a multi-million pound company. The ‘Holy Man’ was at pains to point out that he had no personal bank account, and still continued to live a frugal life as a devout Hindu. This was all very interesting, but my ears really pricked up when he said, in the midst of a bustling factory environment, ‘Work is Worship’. He didn’t mean that we have to worship work, but that from his perspective, the world of work is a manifestation of his faith – a form of worship.
Now, whilst always respecting the faith of others, my beliefs as a Christian are very different from those of the Hindu faith practised by this ‘Holy Man’. However, I agree with him completely that ‘Work is Worship’, and that belief is at the very core of Transform Work UK’s ministry.
God created our world, put people within it to act as good stewards and to manage His Creation. In order to make that world work effectively, humankind is required to enter into the world of work in a whole variety of manifestations. Just take a look at the Bible and note all the professions and occupations mentioned within it. It is part of everyday life, not something separate.
Transform Work UK believes that the world of work is another opportunity through which we can glorify God, through always giving our best – even under sometimes difficult circumstances; by supporting our work colleagues, including managers; making a real difference; bringing real benefits to the workplace. This is not just good practice though, it is living out our faith in a visible and practical manner. It is a way of thanking God for this aspect of His Creation. It is a real opportunity to make our faith visible to others by how we conduct ourselves in the workplace.
There is no compartmentalisation of where or when our God is in our lives. He is 24/7 – everywhere – in every aspect of our lives - full-time! That challenges us to make sure we have a full-time faith, constantly giving praise and thanks to God for all He has done for us. That includes being the best employees we can possibly be and of course being part of a Christian Workplace Group can help us do this.
‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.’ (Colossians 3:23)
‘Work is Worship!’
Transform Work UK