Guest / Limited Access /
Reviews

/

Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor
Our Rating
4 Stars - Excellent
Book Title
Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor
Author
Publisher
Eerdmans
Release Date
February 1, 2011
Pages
192
Price
$13.35
Buy Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor from Amazon

The best lesson I ever learned about work as vocation came from an Amish man who, upon learning that I teach for a living, said, "That's a worthy vocation." For a vocation to be worthy, it has to be fitting for the Christian life. That is why I'm happy to recommend Ben Witherington III's new book, Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor (Eerdmans), which reflects on the theological significance of our earthly labors.

I am a college professor who looks at the career paths of hundreds of students every year, so this topic carries more than a little interest. What would this book teach them?

"First and foremost," Witherington writes, "it is the task of all human beings to love God with our whole heart and to love our neighbor as ourself. These tasks are 'job one' for all those created in the image of God. Second … it is our honor to be tasked with making disciples of all nations." This might strike the reader as yawningly obvious, but a truly Christian theology of vocation depends on getting that larger perspective right. Therefore, "Any other tasks, jobs, or work we undertake must be seen as subheadings under these primary, lifelong tasks." Witherington refuses to advise anyone at the level of professional priorities. Nor does he insist on the superiority of full-time Christian ministry.

Instead, Witherington situates both our primary and secondary vocations within an eschatological context, making a significant contribution. Christian work, he argues, is "any necessary and meaningful task that God calls and gifts a person to do and which can be undertaken to the glory of God and for the edification and aid of human beings, being inspired by the Spirit and foreshadowing the realities of the new creation." In these pages, ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

From Issue:
Browse All Book Reviews By:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Also in this IssueThe New Pro-Life Surge
Subscriber Access Only The New Pro-Life Surge
Political gains by U.S. conservatives unleash waves of anti-abortion legislation.
Current IssueMy Missionary Great-Grandfather Led Me to Christ
My Missionary Great-Grandfather Led Me to Christ
But only after I went to Japan in search of his life story.
RecommendedIn Memory: The Man Who Brought Harmony to Billy Graham’s Ministry
In Memory: The Man Who Brought Harmony to Billy Graham’s Ministry
Music director Cliff Barrows served for decades with a peaceful spirit and joyful song.
TrendingWhy Do We Have Christmas Trees?
Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?
The history behind evergreens, ornaments, and holiday gift giving.
Editor's PickRealizing My Addiction Had Chosen Me Began My Road to Recovery
Realizing My Addiction Had Chosen Me Began My Road to Recovery
Framing addiction as a chronic disease gives a broader framework for understanding.
Christianity Today
Working on Eternity
hide thisJune June

In the Magazine

June 2011

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.