McKay AlexanderIn 1878, when Scotsman Alexander Mackay arrived in what is now Uganda to serve as a missionary, he first set up a blacksmith forge among a tribe ruled by King Mutesa. Villagers gathered around this stranger who worked with his hands, puzzled because everyone “knew” that work was for women. At that time, men in Uganda never worked with their hands. They raided other villages to capture slaves, selling them to outsiders. Yet here was this foreign man at work forging farming tools.

Preparing students for everyday work is one of the practical reasons for education. Parents and students alike are interested in knowing whether what is taught will help get a "good job." If a teacher hasn't thought carefully about the meaning and purpose of work, it is unlikely that they will be able to equip the next generation for the jobs of the future. If teachers don’t communicate a Christ-centered view of work, their students will be inadequately prepared for the good work God has prepared for them (Ephesians 2:10). The required skills will undoubtedly change, so it is essential to consider basic principles of work from God's perspective.

An article by Robert Alexander, February 25, 2016 in The Gospel Coalition addresses some of these essential truths.

I am consciously aware of God’s presence everywhere in my workplace. Psalm 139:8, 46:1

I realize God knows all the thoughts of myself and my co-workers, and is fully aware of the life, needs and desires of each individual connected with my work. Luke 8:17; 12:6-7; Psalm 7:9

I think about the fact that God wants a personal relationship with me at work, and He wants a relationship with all of my co-workers and customers, too. 2 Peter 3:9; John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:4

The GOD factor:

How is God present in this activity? In this place?

What does God really think about this activity?

What joy might God receive through my involvement in this activity?