You’re a ‘Priest’ at Work (2)
In his book Habits of the Heart, sociologist Robert N. Bellah describes three attitudes people have towards their work.
The first group treats it as a job.
When you do this, you see it strictly as a way to make money and pay the bills.
Like the bumper sticker says, ‘I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.’ But if your main focus is on what you receive from your work, you’ll most likely come to resent it.
The second group approaches work as a career.
Here your motivation will be higher, but your focus is on advancement and prestige.
That means, however, when your career isn’t going well it can feel like your self-worth is on the line.
The third group sees their job as their calling.
Now, logically speaking, if there’s a ‘calling’ there must be someone making the call, right?
That someone is God.
You’re not the ‘caller’, you’re the ‘call-ee’, and any work that has meaning, that can be a blessing to people, and fulfils His purposes, is a calling.
A doctor or pastor might get sucked into treating work solely as a means of earning a good income, therefore they see it as just a job.
On the other hand, a janitor may view what he does—making the world a cleaner place—as a calling.
We’re not downgrading the importance of those who stand in pulpits and preach; we’re upgrading the importance of those who serve God forty hours a week in other jobs: teaching, washing dishes, doing laundry, cooking, or serving your fancy dinner.
The main thing is: when the job’s done well, both will hear the commendation, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’ (Matthew 25:23 NIV).
‘You are a…priesthood.’ 1 Peter 2:9 NIV