Scripture: Acts 20:32-35; Proverbs 16:1-4
This Sunday, in our sermon series, Through a Mirror Darkly, we are discussing why we dedicate so much of our lives to pursuing a career. The question we will start with is why do we need jobs at all? Obviously, the answer to that question is that a job provides you with a paycheck. The money you earn from your job allows you to buy food; it allows you to pay for a roof over your head; it allows you to put clothes on your back and pay for transportation to get you to where you need to go.
That said, many modern people feel that their work is unfulfilling. A Gallop Poll from 2017 stated that 85% of people in America hate their jobs. That is staggering! What is the difference between the 15% who love their work and the 85% who do not? In a nutshell, it comes down to purpose. Most people who work a job today feel that they are a dispensable cog in a much larger machine. There’s always going to be someone else to come along who is willing to take your place.
Beyond the issue of feeling replaceable, many people work jobs that feel unnecessary. In other words, if their job ceased to exist, would anyone notice? Would the lack of your job have any discernible impact on society at large? Most people feel the answer to that question is “no.” With our work occupying more than 100,000 hours of our lives, not feeling as though your work is meaningful is going to result in a sense of purposelessness.
On Sunday, we are going to delve into the biblical understanding of work and how that biblical perspective can really shift how we approach the value of our work in the world. I hope you have a good weekend. Summer is here (sort of) and we have a lot of great stories from Humans of New York that we are going to hear for this sermon. See you soon!