Labor Day Series: Think Theologically

Happy Labor Day!

The U.S. Department of Labor describes today as a tribute to “the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom and leadership – the American worker.” Work is where culture is made as we live out our callings, serving our neighbors and our God.

In honor of Labor Day, this week we’re reflecting on the dignity instilled in work by our Creator. In the beginning, God worked. Since he created “mankind in his own image” (Genesis 1:27), we, too, are made to work.

Denver Institute is guideded by five principles that describe the ingredients we believe are necessary for forming men and women to live with Christ in all of life, bear witness to the gospel in every area of culture, and serve the needs of the world with the work of their hands. Each day this week, we’ll focus on one principle and share stories from our network that illustrate that principle at work in the real world.

Today’s principle is “think theologically.” This means that it's essential that we can verbally articulate how Scripture, the historic church, and the gospel of grace influence our work.

We asked our friends to submit a written reflection on one way in which their work reflects God’s work in the world today as well as a photo related to their work. Here are a few reflections we received that illustrate thinking theologically:

Submitted by Chris Horst, HOPE International:


When Jesus told the story about the Good Samaritan, I believe the challenge he gave to his followers was a literal one: Care for the vulnerable. In my job, I experience the joy of inviting followers of Jesus to do just that. In coffee shops (pictured), by email, and at events, I invite people to experience the joy of giving generously to the mission of HOPE International. By giving, they’ll join HOPE in serving men and women struggling to provide for their families by investing in their dreams and helping them to experience the dignity of work and the joy of providing for their families.

Submitted by Jeff Haanen, DIFW:


God is redeeming all of his creation, from people's hearts to institutions to the solar system. Through my work at DIFW, I have the privilege of being a part of that redemptive story by drawing men and women into his great plan of redemption, especially as it relates to their work and involvement in culture. This Labor Day, I'm grateful that at the end of the day, the work of God is finished with the cross of Christ – and is beginning afresh through the power of his resurrection filling his Church.

It’s not too late to share your own reflection with us!  Here’s how: Submit through email (, tweet it to us (@DenverInstitute), or post it to our Facebook page.