By Matthew Kaemingk
A cobbler, a smith, a peasant—each has the work and office of his trade, and yet they are all alike consecrated priests and bishops.
You will be for me a kingdom of priests . . .
Does this little job matter?
There is a moment—and it comes for all of us—when, at the end of a long week, we begin to ask existential questions about our work: Does this job mean anything? Does it matter? Does it have value? Does anyone notice?
The angst of a weary Friday is often compounded when we consider the finite nature of our jobs in relation to the seemingly infinite nature of global challenges, forces, and institutions. The office wall posters, clichés, and platitudes ring hollow and we are left paralyzed by the (in)finite nature of the work we have been assigned.
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Matthew Kaemingk (PhD ’13) is assistant professor of Christian ethics at Fuller, associate dean for Fuller Texas, and scholar-in-residence for the De Pree Center. His research and teaching focus on Islam and political ethics, faith and the workplace, theology and culture, and Reformed public theology. In 2013 he founded the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture in Seattle, Washington, and served as its executive director for four years, helping equip regional churches to engage the arts, marketplace, and culture of the Pacific Northwest. He now lives and teaches in Houston, Texas.