What Does the Bible Say About Work?

/ Produced by Individual TOW Project member

The Bible makes it clear that work matters to God. Here are 9 key points about work drawn from the Bible. 

  1. God created all things, and even though creation has become fallen, God will restore it to perfection.

  1. Our work in every sphere matters to God now and eternally.
  1. God calls people to every kind of legitimate work and gives us skills and talents to fulfill the work. 
  1. We are responsible for the quality, character and ethics of our work and for our faithfulness to God.
  1. We are meant to work yoked to Christ, following his morals, treating others fairly, and loving all people.
  1. Our work should be centered on service to others, no matter what our work or role is.
  1. God invites us into a deliberate pattern of regular rest, for both restoration and relationship with Christ.
  1. We should allow God to direct the use of all he has provided, including talents, time, money and influence.
  1. We need relationships with other followers of Christ, through the church, for support and accountability.
  • Read more:
    • 1 Timothy 3:15
    • 1 Corinthians 12:27
    • Ephesians 4:12-13
    • Acts 2:42-47 & 11:26 
    • Titus 2:3-8
    • Proverbs 27:17 
    • 1 Thessalonians 2:8 
    • Deuteronomy 6:4-9

The Theology of Work Project provides resources for Christians asking what the Bible says about work. For a more detailed look at what the Bible says about work, check out our free, online Bible commentary. It goes through the Bible book by book, providing practical insights about work, and includes video illustrations, sermons and interviews.