Deep Dive: Fulfilling God's Call in Your Work

The Deep Dive with Dr. Jonathan Pugh

Fulfilling God's Call in Your Work

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
Colossians 3:23-24

Jonathan interviews Venture volunteer pastor Terry Gregoire, who owns an automotive service center as his full-time career. They discuss how God can call you to a "secular" job as your place in His Kingdom.

Discussion Outline

  • How did you come to have a calling of working on cars and running a business that does that for a living?
  • What was the role of God in that calling?

You gave a talk to our Shop men’s group a few months ago about the subject of fulfilling God’s call in your work. I think I was the only “professional” Christian minister in that group and I though the talk was on point.

  • Can you share some of the bullet points for what it means to be a Christian man or woman called to serve in a workplace that is not “Christian?”

The word for vocation, which we use to refer to a person’s job that they do to meet their needs, comes from the Latin word vocatio, which means calling. Part of the legacy of the Protestant reformation is that Protestantism recovered the value of all ethical and productive work as something that God calls people to do. Terry, you grew up Catholic, I want you to speak for a few minutes about how your idea of work changed as you became a personal follower of Jesus.

  • Has becoming a pastor in a church in any way shaped your view of work as ministry?
  • How do you believe God has given you a spiritual obligation to your customers and employees?

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