Hard work is no longer cool among young Christians.
Although millennials seek to accomplish the most, they are willing to sacrifice the least. They want to change the world–as long as they can stay updated on Instagram. They wish to see radical change–just as long as they can do it on their own time and pace. Perhaps this is why, according to the Washington Post, only 27% of millennial college graduates have a job in their field.
In the same way Joseph helped create monumental global change for centuries to come thanks to his approach to menial, lowly, secular work. Whether as a servant, prisoner, or royal advisor–all secular fields– Joseph devoted himself wholly to it as an act of worship to God. He sweated and strived, but there was never a concern in his mind of “selling out” or rejecting God’s grace. Instead, he worked as a means of highlighting God’s grace. He gave every boss he had his 100% to show the power and goodness of his God.
Millennials can have their cake and eat it to. For all their quirkiness and inconsistencies, millennials can truly change the world and work hard doing it, but only if they see vocational work as complementary to God’s grace, and not contradictory.
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