Why Do We Do What We Do?

2014 Work as Worship Conference

In this 36-minute session from the 2014 Work as Worship Conference, Phil Vischer shares how understanding why we do what we do is the first step to finding God's will and our joy. Phil is the creator of the very popular kid's series Veggie Tales and What's in the Bible? Phil speaks about matters of faith and work across the country and weekly on The Phil Vischer Podcast.

Phil challenged us to examine our work in view of these three statements:
  1. Just because your work is good, doesn't mean you're doing it for the right reason.
  2. Just because your work is good, doesn't mean you're the one who is supposed to be doing it.
  3. Even good work done by the right people can become a joyless slog if our focus is on outcomes, not on God.

What would you say is the reason behind why you do what you do? How do you think the reason behind what you do impacts your work?
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What do you think is the difference between being stretched in your work and working outside of your gifting?
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Have you ever experienced work as a "joyless slog"? How does focusing on God help you to properly frame your work?
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Phil stated that, for Christians who understand the concept of Lordship, where you are in five years is none of your business, but rather that your business is, "Lord, what have you asked me to do today?" How should a submission to the Lordship of Christ impact your long-term goals?
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In your work, and even more broadly in your life, being clear about why you do what you do and the who you are doing it for helps keep everything in proper perspective. Rooting your work in the firm, biblical ground of who you are in Christ and trusting that He ultimately gives growth to your efforts provides the framework for joy-filled work. 

For more information about the Work as Worship Conference and how you can attend next year's event, visit workasworshipnetwork.org.