The Kingdom of God is Not a Hobby

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23-24).

When you are under the employ of someone, yes, you work for them. Yet, Paul reminds us that we work ultimately for Christ. And as such, we work heartily because our ultimate Lord and Boss watches us, fuels us, and shows us that everything we do is for His glory and the good of those around us–even the most mundane of things. 

When we serve as chairs of our teams, that counts as well. These roles are not mere hobbies but must be on the front burner! If you put pencils in the pencil holders on the back of the pews, it counts! Do it to the glory of God! If you dust the furniture, dust to the glory of God! 

The more we understand that working for the Lord is not relegated to missions or pastoral work but to every piece of energy we put to something, we are serving Christ.

One of the roles and goals of discipleship is a two-headed training in ministry and marketplace. Yes, we train folks to minister in the church and vocationally, but we must (MUST) train people to be Christ and serve Christ in their jobs, in their personal hobbies, in their day-to-day lives. We need Christians who are visible in these areas. The kingdom of God is not a weekend hobby, but a lifestyle.

To relegate the Kingdom of God’s work to one day (or even one hour) per week is to miss the entire point of what God work in us. Whether we work or play, whether we go to our 40-hour-a-week job or go to church, we work and expend our physical, emotional, relational, mental, and spiritual energy intentionally to the glory of God.


  1. When we do anything, we do everything to God’s glory and not for man’s approval.
  2. Christ shows us the eternal aspect of all we do.
  3. Churches must raise up disciples for those in ministry and those in the marketplace, knowing that God has raised them to serve in both lanes.
  4. We refuse to categorize our lives–all of our lives are lives lived unto Christ as His disciples.

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