For many people, their job is merely “the daily grind” needed to provide for family or pay the bills. Yet our work is a vital means for fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives and displaying his grace to those around us. We bear God’s image in our workplaces, experiencing his blessings and expressing his nature through our efforts, integrity, creativity, generosity, and excellence. No earthly chore is without the opportunity to observe his divine hand. No challenge in task or relationship is without opportunity to represent God’s heart.
In this book, author and pastor Bryan Chapell shares this biblical perspective of vocation, explaining how God gives purpose to our work by making it an instrument of his grace to our own hearts, as well as a way of bringing his goodness and glory into our world. Chapell explains how we can worship God by our work, rising above drudgery, duty, or self-interest with the understanding that our jobs are unique callings for displaying God’s character and care. Our work is worship when we see the glory beyond the grind, the mission in the mundane, and the grace at work.
This is a Logos Reader Edition. Learn more.
We need a lot more books on integrating faith and work, but not all teaching on this subject is of equal value. In particular, I’ve noticed over the years that a lot of such books tend to be intellectualistic, all about ‘applying biblical principles’ in a way that leaves out the changed heart that we need to glorify God in our work. That changed heart, with its reordered loves, comes from an application of the gospel of grace. Bryan Chapell as always is an expert on this subject. I’m grateful for this important contribution to the faith-and-work Christian movement.
- Tim Keller, Pastor Emeritus, Redeemer Church
Whether you are a preacher or a teacher, or whether you work with your hands or sit at a screen each day, your job matters. As a believer in Jesus, you have a vocation, a calling that can bring glory to God and good for others. In Grace at Work, my friend Bryan Chapell gives practical and encouraging wisdom to believers regarding our work—no matter our location or vocation.
- Ed Stetzer, Executive Director, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, Wheaton College
Bryan Chapell handles a neglected subject, our daily work, with the lucid writing and pastoral heart we have all come to expect from him. I found my own discipling of others received a needed correction; it’s easy for ministry leaders to focus so much on our work on Sundays that we neglect our people’s work the rest of the week. Dr. Chapell rightly dignifies all work, out of the clear teaching of Scripture, yet also gently brings the gospel to bear on our failings in our work. I will be using this book to help the men and women under my care receive the encouragement and honor that they deserve as they get up on yet another Monday morning.
- Dane C. Ortlund, Senior Pastor, Naperville Presbyterian Church; author, Gentle and Lowly and Deeper
In the Logos Reader Edition, this volume is enhanced to best fit the content. Scripture references are hand-tagged to integrate with powerful functionality in Logos Bible Software. Page milestones and internal citation tagging provide accurate points of reference. Search important words across resources to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive tools for reading digital content are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.