I have great respect for a woman named Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957). She was not only a committed Christian, but one of the first female executives, a celebrated writer of detective fiction, an essayist, a poet and playwright. Her best known drama is The Man Born to be King, a play that retells the story of Jesus’ life, ministry, and death.
C.S. Lewis was a sincere fan of her work—especially this one. He once wrote her saying he thought it “a complete success” and that he expected to “read it times without number…” And he certainly did: every Holy Week.
Though not a trained theologian, Sayers always found ways to have her Christian faith illuminate whatever she was writing about–and she wrote on many topics. Her thinking on the value of work has influenced me the most.
While many see work as a necessary drudgery, Sayers saw it as something God designed his image-bearers to do. And when we do it with excellence, we bring glory to our Maker—just as Jesus did. “No crooked table legs or ill-fitting drawers,” Sayers observes, “ever…came out of the carpenter’s shop at Nazareth.”
So, what is Christian work? According to Sayers, “Christian work is good work well done.”
At LifeHouse Theater, that is our own aim. And it is your support and participation that allows us to continue this work, quality work that’s changing lives and glorifying our Maker.
What About You?
What do you think are the differences between ‘secular’ work and ‘spiritual’ work? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Did you know that we cover Dorothy Sayers and the nature of work in more depth on The Dramatic Difference? Listen now!