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Michael Ireland is an international British freelance journalist. A former reporter with a London newspaper, Michael is Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service of Lake Forest, California. Michael immigrated to the United States in 1982 and became a US citizen in September, 1995. He is married with two adult children. Michael has also been a frequent contributor to United Christian Broadcasters , a British Christian radio station. His stories for ASSIST News may be viewed at ASSIST News Service Michael's writing activities are a sponsored ministry department -- Michael Ireland Media Missionary (MIMM) -- of Artists in Christian Testimony (ACT) International where you can donate online to his stated mission of 'Truth Through Christian Journalism.'

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Worship God, Not Work: Faith in the Workplace





Each weekday morning, my six-year-old son gets himself ready for school in about thirty minutes—clothes on, bed made, breakfast eaten, and teeth brushed. He's not in a rush to get to school, but to play with his Legos. He loves to make things.

This shouldn't surprise me. He is made in the image of a God who makes things.Paul taught this same truth in Athens: "God made the world and everything in it. He is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands" (Acts 17:24).

But Scriptures are clear that people make things too. This is part of why we work. In Acts 9, the people of Joppa mourn the death of Tabitha. When Peter visits them, they hold up clothing Tabitha had made as evidence that she was good.

The people didn't love Tabitha because of her work. They loved her work because it was a gift to the world, like everything Tabitha did.God made Tabitha to be a person who loves to make clothes.


God made my son to be a person who loves to make things with Legos.God made you. Whatever you make in your work is a gift back to the world and to God. Remember that.


Sincerely,

Marcus Goodyear

Senior Editor, TheHighCalling.org

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