The Importance of Bearing Fruit at Work

Too often, we get into a fundamentally unhealthy divide in our thinking about faith and life.  We abstract our faith, putting it in the “spiritual” box, and consider our labor as separate.  It goes in the “actual real life” box.

I’m thankful for a new book called Fruit at Work: Mixing Christian Virtues with Business (Lanphier, 2012) by Chris Evans.  Evans is a talented entrepreneur who works with the cool-sounding Blackstone Entrepreneur Network.  He’s also been involved with The Trinity Forum, associated with Os Guinness and others.  I’ve enjoyed Fruit at Work, which draws off of Tim Keller and others to ground our daily labor in the gospel and in biblical virtue.

The text is readable and filled with personal reflection from Evans’s life.  Here’s an example from his chapter on humility, a quality that not every leader–or Christian leader–has an easy time embodying:

A big way that I changed is that I feel I have a capacity for gentleness that just wasn’t there before I was broken.  Having been deeply humbled, I can have compassion for others in tough situations.  While part of me still wants to feel powerful and give orders, the Christ in me cares more about the people I’m relating to than my image (136).

Read this helpful book, which will help you to approach work first from the perspective of godly virtue, rather than primarily as a means to accomplishment, achievement, or as Charlie Sheen would say, “winning.”

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3 responses to “The Importance of Bearing Fruit at Work

  1. work from home

    Get Dressed: There are many advantages of working from home, and not having to adhere to a certain dress code is one of them. Yet many people tend to fall into a habit of living in their pajamas all day and start putting off fixing their hair or putting on makeup. Getting ready for work, as if you worked outside the home, not only makes you feel good on the inside but it helps if an unannounced visitor stops by.

  2. T

    Just read your post on @Baptistpress about how “loving” it is to oppose gay marriage. Shame on you. Baptists rip apart thousands of families so needlessly by telling them their gay kids aren’t a part of God’s plan. Stop worshipping a book and start listening to the Holy Spirit.

  3. murphy

    Fruit at Work…. so is this a book just for men? I am in earnest.

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