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Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work by Timothy Keller
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“A job is a vocation only if someone else calls you to do it for them rather than for yourself. And so our work can be a calling only if it is reimagined as a mission of service to something beyond merely our own interests. Thinking of work mainly as a means of self-fulfillment and self-realization slowly crushes a person.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavours, even the best, will come to naught.

Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavour, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God's calling, can matter forever.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Community service has become a patch for morality. You can devote your life to community service and be a total schmuck.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“we are continuing God’s work of forming, filling, and subduing. Whenever we bring order out of chaos, whenever we draw out creative potential, whenever we elaborate and “unfold” creation beyond where it was when we found it, we are following God’s pattern of creative cultural development.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“It (idolatry) means turning a good thing into an ultimate thing.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Two things we want so desperately, glory and relationship, can coexist only in God.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“The material creation was made by God to be developed, cultivated, and cared for in an endless number of ways through human labor. But even the simplest of these ways is important. Without them all, human life cannot flourish.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“If God’s purpose for your job is that you serve the human community, then the way to serve God best is to do the job as well as it can be done.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Every artifact of human culture is a positive response to God's general revelation and simultaneously a rebellious assertion against His sovereign rule over us.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“The great danger is to always single out some aspect of God’s good creation and identify it, rather than alien intrusion of sin, as the villain.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“So when we say that Christians work from a gospel worldview, it does not mean that they are constantly speaking about Christian teaching in their work. Some people think of the gospel as something we are principally to “look at” in our work. This would mean that Christian musicians should play Christian music, Christian writers should write stories about conversion, and Christian businessmen and -women should work for companies that make Christian-themed products and services for Christian customers. Yes, some Christians in those fields would sometimes do well to do those things, but it is a mistake to think that the Christian worldview is operating only when we are doing such overtly Christian activities. Instead, think of the gospel as a set of glasses through which you “look” at everything else in the world. Christian artists, when they do this faithfully, will not be completely beholden either to profit or to naked self-expression; and they will tell the widest variety of stories. Christians in business will see profit as only one of several bottom lines; and they will work passionately for any kind of enterprise that serves the common good. The Christian writer can constantly be showing the destructiveness of making something besides God into the central thing, even without mentioning God directly.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Work done by non-Christians always contain some degree of God's common grace as well as the distortions of sin. Work done by Christians, even if it overtly names the name of Jesus is also to a significant degree distorted by sin.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Work is so foundational to our makeup that it is one of the few things we can take in significant doses without harm. Indeed, the Bible does not say we should work one day and rest six or that work and rest should be balanced evenly but directs us to the opposite ratio. Leisure and pleasure are great goods, but we can take only so much of them.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Also, the Christian worldview has made foundational contributions to our own culture that may not be readily apparent. The deep background for our work, especially in the West—the rise of modern technology, the democratic ethos that makes modern capitalism thrive, the idea of inherent human freedom as the basis for economic freedom and the development of markets—is due largely to the cultural changes that Christianity has brought. Historian John Sommerville argues that Western society’s most pervasive ideas, such as the idea that forgiveness and service are more important than saving face and revenge, have deeply biblical roots.166 Many have argued, and I would agree, that the very rise of modern science could have occurred only in a society in which the biblical view of a sole, all-powerful, and personal Creator was prevalent.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Properly understood, the doctrine of sin means that believers are never as good as our true worldview should make us. Similarly, the doctrine of grace means as messed up their false worldview should make them.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Our daily work can be a calling only if it is reconceived as God’s assignment to serve others.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“obviously different from everything that a nonbeliever does. That”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“all human work (especially excellent work), done by all people, as a channel of God’s love for his world. They will be able to appreciate and rejoice in their own work, whether it is prestigious or not, as well as in the skillful work of all other people, whether they believe or not. So this biblical conception of work—as a vehicle for God’s loving provision for the world”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“In her book Creed or Chaos?, Sayers addresses the traditional seven deadly sins, including acedia, which is often translated as “sloth.” But as Sayers explains it, that is a misnomer, because laziness (the way we normally define sloth) is not the real nature of this condition. Acedia, she says, means a life driven by mere cost-benefit analysis of “what’s in it for me.” She writes, “Acedia is the sin which believes in nothing, cares for nothing, enjoys nothing, loves nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing and only remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“The foolish heart—blinded from reality because of its idols—does not learn from experience.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Why do the Ten Commandments begin with a prohibition of idolatry? It is, Luther argued, because we never break the other commandments without breaking the first.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Here Calvin is appreciating the way God blesses all those who are made in his image. Yet just prior to this, Calvin also writes that while “in man’s perverted and degenerate nature some sparks still gleam, [the light is nonetheless] choked with dense ignorance, so that it cannot come forth effectively. [His] mind, because of its dullness . . . betrays how incapable it is of seeking and finding truth.”173”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Without an understanding of common grace, Christians will believe they can live self-sufficiently within their own cultural enclave. Some might feel that we should go only to Christian doctors, work only with Christian lawyers, listen only to Christian counselors, or enjoy only Christian artists. Of course, all non-believers have seriously impaired spiritual vision. Yet so many of the gifts God has put in the world are given to nonbelievers. Mozart was a gift to us—whether he was a believer or not. So Christians are free to study the world of human culture in order to know more of God; for as creatures made in His image we can appreciate truth and wisdom wherever we find it.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Discipleship for resident aliens, or exiles, is different from discipleship in a culture in which the Christian faith is assumed and the goal is to draw people back into something the culture already tells them they should do.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Luther argues that when we fail to believe that God accepts us fully in Christ, and look to some other way to justify or prove ourselves, we commit idolatry.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“[Look at] the chair you are lounging in. . . . Could you have made it for yourself? . . . How [would you] get, say, the wood? Go and fell a tree? But only after first making the tools for that, and putting together some kind of vehicle to haul the wood, and constructing a mill to do the lumber and roads to drive on from place to place? In short, a lifetime or two to make one chair! . . . If we . . . worked not forty but one-hundred-forty hours per week we couldn’t make ourselves from scratch even a fraction of all the goods and services that we call our own. [Our] paycheck turns out to buy us the use of far more than we could possibly make for ourselves in the time it takes us to earn the check. . . . Work . . . yields far more in return upon our efforts than our particular jobs put in. . . .”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“The church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him to not be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours and to come to church on Sundays. What the church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever. That is what the Christian faith promises.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“took the opportunity to ask him about what he had seen in the case files. Horder responded that he reckoned only about a third of the problems that are brought to a physician”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
“Christians agree that when we sell and market, we need to show potential customers that a product “adds value” to their lives. That doesn’t mean it can give them a life. But because Christians have a deeper understanding of human well-being, we will often find ourselves swimming against the very strong currents of the corporate idols of our culture.”
Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work

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