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4 Reasons Why It’s OK to Enjoy Having a Professional Job: Reason 3

In our previous post, we explored the impact that light has in dark places and the importance it carries. I think we can all agree that the Great Commission thing is a pretty big deal. Jesus agreed…which brings us to our third reason:

http://www.danijohnson.com/2008/reaping-and-sowing-part-1/Reason 3: Jesus anticipated you’d have a day job.

Most of Jesus parables were framed as working. Whether he was referring to sowing seed in a field or  to a servant stewarding his master’s wealth, he equated the work of the gospel with, well, work.

If Jesus were targeting those in full time ministry, I can’t help but think he would have mentioned a Levite or  priest (in something other than the story of the Good Samaritan). In fact, most of Jesus teaching and equipping was targeted at those who were “in the real world”.

Jesus’ message was aimed at those in the trenches. Using parables that people related too is one of the huge markers of Jesus’ earthly ministry.  I’m no marketing major, but it stands to reason that best practices haven’t changed that much in 2000 years. You put resources where you are looking for a return. Jesus was no different…and in some way, we are that return.  Even Paul spoke strongly to the need of excellence in every area.

Stay tuned for our 4th and final reason.

4 Reasons Why It’s OK to Enjoy Having a Professional Job: Reason 2

Last time we discussed how even the Apostle Paul had a day job. And all the bi-vocationals (is that a word?–it is now:) ) rejoiced. Today we are taking a quick look at one of the most valid, yet under rated reasons to enjoy your day job. It’s a little thing called the Great Commission.

Reason 2: Where light is absent, darkness abounds.

If all believers were in “full time” church ministry, can you imagine how dark the workplace would be? Jesus came into our world as a great Light and the darkness could not overcome it (John 1:5). We are called to shine like stars in the midst (or in the middle of) a dark and perverse generation (Phil 2:15).

That would not happen if we all were permanent fixtures within the four walls of the church.

I’ve worked in my fair share of corporate environments. Everything from those with a ministerial focus to those who were simply looking to make a buck. In some of those instances, I was the only believer. Those were the places that my ministry as a Christian and not a “leader” really made a difference. Burn brightly my friends, and don’t ever feel like you need to apologize for enjoying an outlet of being Jesus’s hands and feed. We are in a blessed position, equipping the saints and lighting up the night.

You don’t have to take my word for it. We’ll take a look at how Jesus viewed work in point 3.

4 Reasons Why It ‘s OK to Enjoy Having a Professional Job: Reason 1

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In a world where the ability to have a full time focus is a luxury many seek, it can be difficult to reconcile the side of you that enjoys being in a secular work place. The good news is, you don’t need to reconcile…it is perfectly biblical, and here is why!

 

Reason 1

Paul had a day job. That’s right! Mr. I Wrote Almost One-Third of the New Testament was bi-vocational!

In Acts 18, we see working wasn’t just something he did before he launched his ministry. Paul was saved and began ministering in Acts 9. Barnabas and Saul were designated by the Holy Spirit for missionary work in Acts 13 and were planting churches in Acts 14. Paul’s ministry was in full swing.

Finally, in Acts 18, while he is planting the church in Corinth (the only church to get 2 letters), he is working as a Tent maker. Interestingly enough, all Jewish teachers of the law in the first century had a “trade”. Reading through Acts, Paul was proud that he lived by his work. You should be too. I can’t help but wonder why Paul, one of the most influential ministers in the history of the church chose to work?

Maybe he saw the market place as a mission field in and of itself, which brings us to our second reason…Whatever in Greek means…Whatever…