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Our Modus Operandi

Series: The Word Before Work Foundations
Devotional: 16 of 20
Published: May 1, 2018

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:36-39)

Over the course of this series, we’ve walked through what our work is in light of the biblical narrative. We’ve seen why our work matters in light of that narrative. Now, we’ll look at five ways those truths inform how we should work today. This will be far from an exhaustive list, but it will provide us with a solid foundation from which to build.

Today, we see the most fundamental way in which we should work. In light of the gospel, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves in every sphere of life, including our work. This is our North Star—our modus operandi.

What does this look like? It looks like refusing to do the bare minimum and always going above and beyond to serve bosses, co-workers, and clients the way you want to be served. It looks like being more merciful and graceful with others because God showed you ultimate mercy and grace on the cross. It looks like caring about those you work with beyond their productivity and investing time to get to know the “whole persons” that surround you Monday through Friday.

It can be tempting to over-spiritualize our work. Jesus reminds us that simply loving our neighbors is good in and of itself and is the most fundamental way in which the gospel shapes how we work. So love your neighbors well today!

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