Faith, Work, and Your Kids

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment
Business leaders at Sojourn church are getting ready for the Faith & Work forum featuring Dr. Finny Kuruvilla, MD, PhD, at the University Club of Louisville tomorrow night.  The forum will address how we integrate the claims and resources of the Christian faith with the challenges and opportunities of the marketplace.  In light of the upcoming forum, I thought it might be good to think about the way we teach our children about work. Too often, kids get the wrong idea about calling. They begin to think the only way to serve God is to become an one of the three Ms when they grown up: Minister, Missionary, or Married to one of those. While we should honor these religious vocations, children need to know that God calls people to many other important vocations.

In our attitudes and conversations, we can highlight ways that regular people serve God in their everyday life. Both parents and ministry leaders can show them this truth.  My friend Tony Kummer has recently posted three questions that can help kids appreciate work as a gift from God through almost any career path. These are great conversation starters as you have conversations with your kids about their future vocation:

1. How does this job show God’s glory? Help kids see how 1 Corinthians 10:31 works out in real life. “Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” Different types of work can do this in special ways. Example: Teachers demonstrate the importance of knowledge, and Christ is the source of all wisdom.  Artists show the importance of creativity, and God is the Creator from whom our creativity is derived.

2. How does this career show love for others? We all know that God wants us to love other people. 1 John 3:23 says it simple enough, “Love one another.” Different jobs can fulfill this command in unique ways. Examples: Restaurant workers can show love through their service. Nurses show love when they care for hurting people. Home builders demonstrate love when they supply safe houses for others.

3. How does this work fight against the effects of the Fall? We know that at the end of time, Jesus will restore all that was broken in our world. Revelations 21:5 says, “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” Kids need to see how their many vocations prefigure this reality now. When we think forward to that day, our work can give testimony of the world that will come. Example: Garbage men fight against the corruption in our word by removing the trash. Medical researchers are seeking to cure disease.