Is My Job Ministry?

Throughout the Bible …

workers served God in many forms: farmers, priests, ranchers, carpenters, doctors, tax collectors, temple (church) workers, guards and hundreds of other trades are also mentioned.

If you think about it, most jobs we have today were represented in the Bible–we may be more high tech, and mass production oriented, but the jobs are similar.

Stop and think about this. There are so many jobs and so many people–Does God value some jobs more than others?

This is a tricky question for most of us.

Why is one person purposed for this job and another gifted for that job?

Are some jobs more important to God?


Confusion about the true value …

of your work can come from many sources, but one clear cause is the misunderstanding of a common word we often hear used.

It is the term “ministry”.

Who actually does ministry and what does this mean?

Is it exclusive to those who perform certain jobs, like missionaries and pastors?

The word “ministry” actually comes from a root word that means “to serve”, as in serving God and His people, our neighbors and coworkers.

So any job done with God and for His purpose is ministry.

We are all involved in service work.


When we have the correct understanding …

of the word “ministry,” we realize the common misconception that God thinks some jobs are more spiritual than other jobs is simply not true.

If you follow Christ and you work, guess what? You are in ministry!




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About the author : Doug Spada

Doug Spada

Doug's passion is helping all people “Thrive at Work on Monday”. He is the founder and CEO of WorkLife, Inc. where he develops innovative resources to help people experience God while they work. Doug uses his unique professional and military experience to speak internationally on God’s plan and purpose for our work as well as the role of the church in that plan.

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