G. Campbell Morgan rightly noted that all human effort, common civil work is for the common good, the flourishing of humanity — and thus worthy of commendation. (https://memoirandremains.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/thank-god-for-the-garbage-man/) A great many Christians may be willing to admit that all proper human work is a good — and that no one task is “better” than another.
Yet when it comes to the matter of discipleship, we something think that discipleship extends only to “spiritual” events. Without godliness, holiness must be present and developed in every Christian, “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). However, we somehow fail to realize that if all of our life is under the lordship of Christ and all work has value, then discipleship must encompass our normal work.
Thus, Morgan explains that a first step in discipleship must entail, What can I/should I do? Having undertaken an appropriate task (perhaps suggested by one who knows you well), the work was be learned and performed:
“The disciple of Jesus, recognizing his calling in life as of God, cannot possibly treat it carelessly or with any measure of indifference. Every power of the will must be brought to bear on the application of the mind to the mastery of the subject in hand. A Christian carpenter will master the use of every tool, and lay himself out to embody in his work the very spirit of the Christ. A Christian doctor will leave no department of the great science neglected, or will devote himself with perfect consecration to that department for which God has given him the gift of a specialist. The great advantage of discipleship is to be found in the fact that if I recognize my calling as a Divine one, then I am sure that he who bestowed the gift understands it, and all my personal application to its mastery will be in the spirit of dependent prayer. Christian mechanics, tradesmen, professional men, should be the finest in the world, and would be, if they lived in the power of their relationship to Christ.”
George Campbell Morgan. “Discipleship.” This is just as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Work thus becomes a great good and a matter of great spiritual and eternal importance. All one’s life becomes deliberately subsumed under the rubric of worship:
“I do it, not as a means of livelihood first, but as part of God’s work, and so I become, down to the smallest detail of everyday life, “a worker together with Him.” Hold but that view of life’s work, and there can be no more “scamping” of work—no, not even to be in time for a prayer meeting.” This will then affect even how I understand my money.
“No disciple of Jesus can amass a fortune simply for the sake of possession. He may be prosperous in his undertakings, but his prosperity must ever mean increased opportunity for Divine service. No disciple can oppress the hireling in his wages. That wage should be, not merely the measure of keeping his servant’s body and soul together, it should include provision for the culture of all that his being demands. A “living wage ” in the common acceptation of that term, is not the measure for a Christian paymaster.”
In making these observations, Morgan rightly explains that discipleship must extend the conscious lordship of Jesus Christ over all one’s life. An all too common understanding of discipleship which extends only to “spiritual” matters fails to recognize the extent of worship, the lordship of Jesus Christ, the value of work and much if not most of the waking hours of a man or worman. Christ promised, in the Great Commission (which sets out the task of discipleship) to be with use always — even at work.