Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
Over the past five days, we’ve been systematically walking through the biblical narrative of work. Today and tomorrow, we examine the pinnacle of that narrative—Jesus’s death and resurrection—to see how the gospel provides our ultimate source of rest and ambition for our work.
First, let’s see how the gospel enables us to rest.
Now more than ever, we look to our careers for our sense of worth. It’s why “What do you do?” is often the first question we ask new acquaintances. We all feel a need to impress others with our answer to that question. Why? Because we are all looking for a verdict for our lives—for someone to say that we are worthy and that our very existence is justified.
The beautiful truth of the gospel is that Jesus has secured that verdict for us! “We have been justified” not through anything we have done, but through what Christ has done on our behalf.
Jesus has secured the most important verdict of your life: Forgiven and, through faith in Him, free from death. But we’re not just forgiven. God has graciously given us new identities as “co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17).
What does that mean for our work? It means that we can work from a position of rest because we don’t need to work as a means of attaining something work was never designed to provide. In other words, the gospel frees us from the need to be productive. Ironically, it is that truth that leads us to want to be productive at work. How? That’s the question we will answer tomorrow.