One man has a bible in his hand, the other has a wrench. Who is doing God’s work?

In many church circles doing “God’s work” is associated with doing ministry—you know, sharing your faith, serving in Sunday school, feeding the homeless. But the bible defines “God’s work” much more broadly than we do.

This week I met Mike. He lives in Danville with his wife and three kids and he loves motorcycles. He used to run a car dealership making good money, but the questionable ethics of car sales ate away at his soul. He passion for motorcycles so he made the decision to start restoring old bikes.

Today he buys rusty, discarded motorcycles that have fallen out of commission and he cleans them up, fixes them up, and gets them back on the road. Some would see the move from a management position at a large organization to a mechanic laboring in his garage as a slide down the ladder of successful or significant work. But is it really?

The Bible says that God created the earth perfectly. Adam looked around the Garden of Eden and may have felt like a man who walked into a showroom of shiny bikes, hot off the assembly line. The world was flawless. But then things went terribly wrong. Because Adam and Eve rebelled against God and rejected his perfect authority everything began to deteriorate. Rust. Cracked cylinders. Dead batteries. Warn brakes.

But God chose not to toss the earth on the scrap metal heap and start over. He sent Jesus to begin a process of restoring what is broken in our world. One day Jesus will return and announce, “I am making all things new!” (Rev. 21:5). And he will do just that. He will restore the world to the state of its original perfection.

God is in the restoration business.

So is Mike.

God works with the world. Mike works with motorcycles that are a part of God’s world. There is no questions about it, Mike is doing divine work whether he realizes it or not. He takes broken-down motorcycles that will rot in scrap piles and restores them to their original beauty and usefulness. They serve a purpose again, whether it is transporting someone to a job where they can contribute to society, or taking them along the backroads where the beauty of creation is enjoyed.

Everyone of us has been created by God to reflect his values in our work. We can do that well with a bible in our hand or a wrench in our hand.

Questions for Reflection:

If you live in Walnut Creek, you don’t have to work at one of the Walnut Creek churches to do God’s work. How does your work already reflect God’s character?

If you live in Danville, you don’t have to work at one of the Danville churches to do God’s work. How does your work already reflect God’s character?