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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.

Is It OK to Stay in a Job Just for a Paycheck?

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Many people find great purpose and satisfaction in their work. Your job may make use of your unique gifts and give you a tangible sense of helping those around you flourish. Or perhaps your work is not enjoyable, but you know it is serving a cause you believe in, and therefore worthwhile. But what if your work is none of these things? Is it wrong to stay in an “unfulfilling” job just because you need the paycheck?

In this roundtable discussion, TGC Council members Ryan Kelly, Julius Kim, and Darryl Williamson discuss the relationship between work and material provision. They talk about ways that mundane work can become infused with purpose and about what sorts of truth we need to preach to ourselves when working in a job we don’t enjoy.

You can watch a video of their conversation or listen here.



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If people only did the kind of work they are passionate about a lot of necessary jobs, such as collecting trash and garbage, would probably not be done.  Very few are passionate about those jobs.  The purpose of work is to earn a living and to do the things that have to be done if our society is to function.  If you can find work you enjoy that is a plus, but it isn't essential.


I spent 38 years working at a factory that made various rubber components that went into other products.  I was never particularly passionate about the work but it provided a living for me.

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Yeah, I don't believe there is any indication from Scripture that we must be passionate or even like our jobs. What do DO FIND is that we must do our jobs to the glory of God. 

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