Each of us is given 168 hours a week. No more. No less. If you figure that we sleep 56 hours a week, we have 112 waking hours. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average American works 8.8 hours, everyday. That means, many of us work 44/168 hours each week. That's about 40% of our time goes to work.
If you're like me, you grew up believing (and living) as if God was part of the few hours at church - but the other 168 hours of the week was my time. Certainly, the 40% of the time I spend at work was mine - not God's. I never really made sense how Jesus and the rest of my week were to go together.
But, what if every hour of every day was God's to use as He would want? My work, included?
That would mean that my work is not merely a way to earn money, of achieving status, or investing in personal gain. It means that work is a personal calling to love God, love people, and live like Jesus.
This connection changed how I understood work and how I worked when at work (say that three times fast!).
I can't wait for us to discover how faith and work come together, this Sunday. Pastor Matt is going to help us understand what it means to work at all things as for the Lord. Bring a friend and bring your bible!
So, off to work we go because Jesus is already working there!
Love you more than you know. -pt
PS: Thanksgiving Eve Worship is at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27. I can't wait to "give thanks" with you. You'll leave inspired to say, "thank you" all through the holiday season. Bring your entire family and your friends.
Meet Pastor Tim
Tim Bayer has served as Our Savior's Lead Pastor since September 2019. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Concordia University - Irvine, a National Leadership Facilitator and Resource, and a Community Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Tim studied sociology, psychology, and theology prior to earning his M.Div at Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. He has also is a candidate for an Ed.D (ABD) in Transformational Leadership. He is married to Beth and they have three young children. Together, they enjoy exploring the outdoors, experiencing culture, and pizza and movie nights.