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“The Most Unproductive Thing You Can Do”

Series: The Word Before Work Foundations
Devotional: 21 of 21
Published: May 6, 2018

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

We’ve come a long way in 21 days.

In Days 1-7, we sketched out a biblical narrative of work; in Days 8-14, we saw seven ways in which our work matters in light of that narrative; and in Days 15-20, we examined six ways we should do our work in light of those previous truths.

Today, we see one final way we should do our work in light of what we have learned thus far: To work productively towards God’s agenda in this world, we must stay rooted to “the vine” by regularly communing with our Lord. 

Jesus said that apart from him, “you can do nothing” of value to him and his kingdom-building purposes. In the words of author Matt Perman, “To live your life without God is the most unproductive thing you can do.”

It’s not enough to learn the truths of this Foundations series one time. We must be constantly renewing our minds (Romans 12:2)—steeping ourselves in God’s Word in general and what the Word says about our work specifically.

That’s what my free weekly devotional, The Word Before Work, is designed to help you do.

Praying this series has been a blessing to you, believer. I look forward to continuing to serve you well as you seek to do your most exceptional work for the glory of God and the good of others!

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