Work Matters

Ken Costa
Ken Costa has worked in Finance for over 40 years and was formerly Chairman of Lazard International. He is the founder of God at Work, was formerly Chairman of Alpha International and in leadership at HTB church. He loves his sport and music, and is a husband and a father.

Is God interested in our work?  Many people do not see God as a 24/7 God, but as a withdrawn actor confined to a Sunday show with a declining audience.  I have lost count of the number of times that I have heard people speak in such a way as to betray their belief that there is a divide between what is sacred and what is secular.  Often, people portray church workers as being involved in sacred work, while I, as a banker, am seen to be involved in secular work.  Nothing could be further from the truth, one cannot say that church is a ‘God zone’ whilst the work place is a ‘God-free zone’.  It was Hudson Taylor who often declared, ‘Jesus Christ is either Lord of all, or he is not Lord at all’.

Jesus Christ is either Lord of all, or he is not Lord at all

We need to live according to our Christian values in every area of our lives.  I find it hugely challenging to ask myself each day at work how my own values have been influenced by the world and the degree to which they have shifted away from God towards myself.  Work belongs in the mainstream of our Christian spirituality, and yet we will only take our faith to work when we know our work is valuable to God.   

God is not a passive, detached, spiritual being but a dynamic, active, and entrepreneurial being.  In Genesis 1, we read of God’s creative activities and it did not stop there.  All through the Bible, God is seen as a worker.  He is described as a gardener, an artist, a potter, a shephered, a king, a homemaker and a builder.  Jesus said ‘my Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working’ (John 5:17).

We know that work will never be perfected until the return of Jesus but until then it is possible, as I have found in my career, through the power of his Spirit, to live and work together with purpose, direction and enjoyment.

This is an extract from God at Work by Ken Costa which can be bought here:

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