Abad & Shamar

Work is a fundamental structure of love in the kingdom of God.
God's purpose for work is to bring people together in loving community for mutual benefit and support.

 

 

Work: A Blessing or a Curse?

Work has become a dangerous place. With employee violence, injuries, and even deaths on the rise, it’s no wonder we’re filled with stress, apprehension, and anger. That’s not God’s plan for work though.

I believe that instead of a curse, work should be a blessing. The 3 key elements to shift our mindset about work are Principles of Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, and Kingdom Living. The result is a new way to approach our work, and a doorway to discovering meaning, purpose, and value in whatever we do. That's why I wrote The Gift of Work, and why I love to talk with people about the importance and value of their jobs.

God has you exactly where He needs you. Your work done faithfully and well, blesses others - answers countless prayers for food, clothing, shelter, health, justice, knowledge and joy - and glorifies God. Work is one significant way that you love God and love your neighbor.

Fill your work with the love, joy, courage, and power God intended. Become a blessing and be blessed in return.

May God richly bless you and your work — Bill Heatley

 

The Gift of Work
From the Foreword:
"We are now, as disciples of Jesus, members of a divine community that, when we seek it, we find with us in our job and throughout life, and thereby we turn all that we do into work for and under God. Thus, Paul advises: "Whatever you do, do your work heartily"—literally, 'from the soul'—"as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." (Col. 3:23-24) We are not to try to look good (do "eyeservice"), as men-pleasers, but on our job we simply "do the will of God from the heart." (Eph. 6:6-8)

"Now this book tells us exactly how to do this. Intelligent, well-informed, and biblical to the core, it is intensely focused upon the real-life context of the job: on what really goes on there, and how, for our part, we can turn it into divine work. In this respect the author is telling us how to live a life that is spiritual throughout, full of meaning, strength and joy. He thus stands in the solid tradition of Christian teaching throughout the ages. He does so with the freshness of personal experience and the forcefulness of careful thought."

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Bill Heatley has decades of experience in corporate America as an Information Technology professional.In his years in the trenches of corporate America he has served Fortune 500 companies and managed his own businesses.