What is work, and why do we do it? Is is good enough that we use our income to pay the bills, provide for our loved ones and tithe? Or should we be thinking bigger? In Part 3, you will explore a big concept called "economic activity," which helps us see that our jobs are so much more than a means to an end. They are the way in which we flourish, interact with the overall economy and bring value to society. Work is the God-ordained intersection of skill, material and relationship which provides us the opportunity to engage in something much bigger than ourselves.
Work is the intersection of skill, material and relationship. As you seek to flourish, how is God calling you to flourish for others?
The way we look at our jobs and the overall economy is crucial to the way we treat others and see our own place in the world. We cannot sperate what we believe about government, social justice and economics from our Christian worldview.
As individuals, we are part of a much bigger system than ourselves. Oftentimes these systems can harm or neglect large portions of society. When they do, as followers of Jesus, we should be moved to pursue justice and restoration. Sometimes this will require sacrifice, maybe even at great personal cost to ourselves. But God calls us to live with a mindset that puts His desires and the needs of others before ourselves. God wants us to flourish in whatever we are doing, not just for ourselves, but for others.
How do we flourish?
In this video, George Moss introduces a concept that is critical for understanding how everyday work serves people and communities in practical ways. This intro video sets up the theme "Flourish for Others," which you will explore in video clips 9-12.
Reflect and Discuss
We cannot understand the significance of our everyday work, or the opportunity it provides to promote human flourishing, if we don't see how our work connects with everyone else's work. In other words, your everyday work is part of something much bigger, the "economy," and the clearer this becomes th easier it will be to see how God wants to use you to serve people—you may already be serving people you never meet.
In Part 3, Flourish for Others, you will explore what "economy" and "economic activity" really are, using business and businesspeople as examples of how everyday work serves people in life-changing ways. You'll get behind the numbers and policies of economics to the rub of authentic human behaviors and relationships. And you'll be able to evaluate how this relates to living out your Christian faith in the world of your everyday work.
- What did your parents do for a living when you were a child, and what impact did your parents' employers have on you and your family? Share one example of this impact, either positive or negative.