Chores are Practice for Work as Worship

Chores are Practice for Work as Worship

Hebrews 13:15–16 – “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

How many of you had chores as a kid or give your kids chores to do to help teach them responsibility and the ability to work?

This practice of giving kids chores actually started with the Protestant Reformation, which came largely out the work of Martin Luther, who was a German, Catholic monk who got saved reading the book of Romans. Prior to that, the goal was to be affluent enough to pay someone else to do work for you. But, with the Protestant Reformation, people started to view work as worship. They started to see that people just serving their family and kids wasn’t working.

Sociologist Max Weber recognized this idea of economic and social flourishing. Wherever there was Protestantism and Bible teaching, there was upward mobility. If you work hard, stay married, and teach your kids to work hard, there starts to be upward mobility and generational wealth. It’s incredible that even the unbelieving world can see the connection between a Biblical worldview and generational wealth.

Did you have chores as a kid or give your kids chores? Help your kids to view this work as worship and practice for a life of work as worship.

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Mark Driscoll
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