The sub-title of this series of lessons is: Theology of Work. One of our goals in this study is to begin to construct a theology of work. Each lesson is a building block in this journey. Here is where we are in this construction process:
Building Block #1: God is the original worker.
Building Block #2: We are uniquely designed for work.
Building Block #3: God gifts us for meaningful work.
Building Block #4: Work offers us an opportunity for healthy independence.
Building Block #5: Work enables us to meet the real needs of others.
Building Block #6: Work allows us to contribute to the common good.
Building Block #7: Work is not gender specific.
Building Block #8: Work must not become an idol. Numerous theologians have identified an idol in today’s setting as a good thing that becomes the ultimate thing. Obviously, in the ancient world, idols were actual “objects” that represented pagan deities. Today we have idols such as greed, individualism, success, fame, etc. Our work can become an idol if we are not careful. We are influenced by the brokenness of our world as reflected in our work. We can succumb to the temptation of believing our ultimate fulfillment is gained through our accomplishments at work.