God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life by Gene Edward Veith Jr is one of my favorite books of all time. One of the most common questions Christians have is some variation of, “How do I know God’s will for my life?” That one question leads us to wondering how God is or isn’t using us. It leads us to thinking we have to be in a full time job (whether paid or volunteer) at a church in order to be ‘doing ministry’. It causes us to diminish the importance and impact we can have in ‘secular’ or ‘private sector’ jobs. That one question is all it takes to make us forget the fact that our everyday life is a constant opportunity to minister and have an impact for God.
In God at Work , Gene Veith teaches all about the doctrine of vocation. It is the idea that God is at work in all things and he chooses to work through human beings serving each other in ordinary life. There is a wealth of information in this book about the history and purpose of the doctrine of vocation, how it started and how it has changed. There is tremendous insight about how the doctrine of vocation is alive and applicable in so many different areas of our lives – at work, in the family, in citizenship, and at church. We all have more opportunity than we can imagine to serve our neighbor and experience the transforming presence of God through our everyday lives.
I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it for everyone to read.