God’s Work and Ours

By Steven Koster

February 1, 2016

Our upcoming theme in February for the Today devotionals will be “God’s Work and Ours,” written by Pastor Rob Toornstra.

Most of us will spend about a third of our life working.

Some of us take care of children, some of us paint houses, some of us examine patients, and some of us teach math. We invest, we invent, we create, we build, we maintain, and we cultivate.

Does our work matter to God?

Throughout the month of February, we will explore what the Bible says about work.

We will reflect on passages that show how our work mirrors God’s work, and we will look at texts that reveal how sin damages our work. We will also experience how salvation through Jesus gives us a new hope for the work we do. Most importantly, we will recognize that our work has immense significance in God’s eyes!

Our writer this month is Pastor Rob Toornstra. He has served as a pastor in Salem, Oregon, for over nine years and recently completed a doctoral thesis on the topic of work and preaching. When not busy with his work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, and their three children. As a family, they find joy in cooking, geocaching, and traveling.

I find work to be both a gift and a task. As God’s image bearers, everything I do glorifies or tarnishes God’s reputation, and that’s some responsibility. I look forward to exploring with you how our day-to-day work matters to God.

May you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s word!

About the author — Steven Koster

Rev. Dr. Steven Koster joined Back to God Ministries International in 2006 and soon launched ReFrame Media with a fresh vision for media and technology to build disciples and communities in Christ. During his time as Director of ReFrame, he also served as the Executive Editor of Today. Steven stepped down from these roles in 2019 as he felt led to focus on new challenges, including doctoral research and their family’s bed and breakfast in Grand Rapids. He and his wife Deb have three adult children and enjoy leading pre-marital counseling and marriage enrichment seminars. Steven continues to collaborate with Deb to produce our marriage and family ministry, Family Fire.

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