Americans have the habit of ranking the work they do on a hierarchy of value, assigning importance to some jobs but not others. But Scripture reminds us that all occupations, from agriculture and fishing to medicine and law, have value.
The Apostle Paul urges all workers to do their jobs wholeheartedly as if working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23–24) and exhorts us to find contentment in work for its own sake.
Our work, in the biblical sense, is more than a job. It’s aspirational. It engages us, supports us, and gives a sense of meaning to our existence.
Members of the wider Seattle Pacific University community aspire to engage the culture and change the world through a diverse range of occupations. In their own words, here are seven people who work with purpose whether helping patients through the night or protecting nutrient-rich tidal waters for a bountiful oyster harvest. They believe, as President Theodore Roosevelt discovered, “far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”