Hugh always remembers knowing the saving grace of Jesus
Worked in the environmental industry, owned a construction
company, worked in the IT industry
Then ran a seminary in Wash DC for 7 years before starting the
Institute for Faith, Work and Economics
Hugh put himself through college as a pilot with a crop dusting
business, including wrecking 2 airplanes
Hugh remembers "I really began to wonder, why doesn't God care
what I do every day"
"Martin Luther said 'the work of the milkmaid is just as
important as the work of the priest'"
He got a degree at seminary and did his masters thesis on Faith
"There's intrinsic value in the things you do everyday"
They had 2 million unique visitors to the tifew.org website in
2017, have 40-50,000 people look at the blog every
The 2 great lies you've been told are 1. You can be anything
you want to be and 2. You can be the best in the world
The parable of the talents is all about the biblical meaning of
"Everything is spiritual, there is no secular for the
"All we have to do is faithfully work as hard as we can at what
God's called us to do using the resources God has given us...we'll
all hear 'well done good and faithful servant'"
"I'm living in the covenant and the covenant has
responsibilities...that's something I want to do because of my love
for Christ and because of what He's done for me"
"Work is not part of the curse, but work is cursed because of
"This side of heaven there are no perfect jobs"
"Calling is a more overarching thing that really comes out of
who God has made you to be", not a particular job
Hebrews 12:1-2 is my life verse - "God equipped me to be a
teacher, to help people to be successful"
In "The Call" by Os Guiness, our primary calling is to be a
disciple of Christ, but we have secondary calls where we work out
our salvation in 4 buckets to Family, Church, Community and
Vocation. This work serves to glorify God, serve the common good,
and further God's Kingdom.
Shalom is a biblical Old Testament concept of
flourishing. We are to subdue the earth and fill it with
God's images, but also to bring flourishing to God's creation
The best thing you can do to share the Gospel is to do your job
Suggestions for maximizing your commute: listen to something
other than the radio, it's designed to drag you down. Listen
to scripture. Listen to positive podcasts. Listen to
books from Audible.com.
"We don't realize the incredible opportunity that God has given
us...to change the world through our work"
"Almost every single good thing that's been done in the last
2000 years has been done by Christians...in the last 100 years we
in the church have completely forgotten about that"
Inspiring, authentic stories of everyday Christian men with a variety of occupations, all living out their faith through their work. By doing so they're leading, prospering, glorifying God, and finding joy and purpose in their work and you can too.
Have you bought into the lie that your work has no real significance or meaning beyond a paycheck? How about the lie that the time you spend working is not kingdom work and not part of God's plan unless you're a full-time pastor or missionary or you're volunteering at your local church? The Devil is thrilled when you spend your work day feeling like the work you do is somehow second class spiritually. In this podcast I interview Christian men who have made a simple choice, regardless of what particular denomination their church is a part of and regardless of their job title. That simple choice is to invite the Holy Spirit to lead them at their job and in so doing to surrender their work, the biggest part of their life in terms of time, to God. The various reasons why they've made that choice may be different for every man but I believe there are two primary common reasons. The first is they know both from scripture and from a feeling deep down inside that this is God's will for them. The second reason is they know that this is the only chance they have of having a job and a career that really means something beyond simply earning money. This is the one and only way to have a sense of joy and purpose in the work they do. What kind of work they do and whether their work lines up well with their desires, talents, and strengths are both important, but they pale in comparison to whether or not God is in their work. God must be at the center of your work or your work truly will be the necessary evil the world and the Devil wants you to believe it is. The men I interview don't have it all figured out (none of us do!) and I encourage them to be real and transparent about both the victories and struggles of their journey of being Spirit led at their work. Hopefully, in this way, you'll find someone and something in every episode that you can relate to and through which God can help guide you to be closer to Him and more fulfilled and joyful in your daily worklife. Your work can truly be marketplace ministry and much more