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Many Christians fall victim to one of two main problems when it comes to work: Either they are idle in their work, or they have made an idol of it. Both of these mind-sets are deadly misunderstandings of how God intends for us to think about our employment.
In The Gospel at Work, Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert unpack the powerful ways in which the Gospel can transform how we do what we do, releasing us from the cultural pressures of both an all-consuming devotion and a punch-in, punch-out mentality - in order to find the freedom of a work ethic rooted in serving Christ.
You'll find answers to some of the tough questions that Christians in the workplace often ask: What factors should matter most in choosing a job? What Gospel principles should shape my thinking about how to treat my boss, my coworkers, and my employees? Is full-time Christian work more valuable than my job? Is it okay to be motivated by money? How do you prioritize - or balance - work, family, and church responsibilities?
Solidly grounded in the Gospel, The Gospel at Work confronts both our idleness at work and our idolatry of work with a challenge of its own - to remember that whom we work for is infinitely more important than what we do.
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A really good try at a difficult topic
I've listened to 5 audio books on biblical work and this is the best one yet, in my opinion. The other four audiobooks are: Every Good Endeavor, In but not of, Work and our labor in the Lord, Business for the glory of God.
"Work and our Labor in the Lord", by James M Hamilton, is similar to this book because it relies on verses from the Pauline epistles to pivot the line of reasoning around in that part of the book. However Hamilton's book was stronger by also trying to bridge the Old testament verses to the New testament verses. This is in part because Hamilton's book was more oriented for a lay-scholar that is studying the Bible.The Gospel at Work book did not have much Old testament interaction with the New testament, other than some pieces here and there. However "The Gospel at Work" was stronger in that it kept the focus on the Gospel as much as possible, as well as trying to live out the Gospel. This being the case, it is more of a life application style book.
It all blends together due to the conversational nature of the writing, but the meta-theme that stood out the most is the heavy emphasis on the providence of God in whatever you do.
I would say that the author made the greatest Gospel statement when he describes working for King Jesus in different parts of the book.
This book relies heavily on Ephesians 6:7 and Colossians 3:22-24. Also, the author does not engage in a mentally stimulating theological debate commenting about the overall meaning and context of these passages as well as how they relate to the whole of the Bible and the Gospel. He touches on them a bit and then conclusively moves forward with the book. So, my recommendation is to study these verses on your own. Otherwise like me you will need to stop the book for a week to do so, and then get back to the book. If you are looking for that picture perfect Gospel narrative interweaved into a book on work then you won't find it, but the author does a good job at trying to get there and it is the best one that I have read yet! Lastly, the narrator has a good voice for this kind of book, but I would also like to have it in digital kindle form so that I can read some of the really intriguing parts more carefully.