Our Best Work: Gospel-Driven Productivity

Whats Best Next -PermanAs we finish out another work week and look forward to the Lord’s day of rest tomorrow, let’s take another look at the new book I am reading at present: Matt Perman’s What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (Zondervan 2014).

I completed the introduction and chapter one this week, and in his introduction Perman defines the theme of this book, which was also the result of his search for a distinctively Christian approach to getting work done (productivity). He calls it “Gospel-Driven Productivity”, or “GDP” for short.

This is how he explains it:

Gospel-Driven Productivity (GDP) is centered on what the Bible has to say about getting things done while at the same time learning from the best secular thinking out there [Peter Drucker, Scott Belsky, David Allen are referenced early on.] – and seeking to do this with excellence and original thought, rather than simply taking over secular ideas and adding out-of-context Bibles verses. This is what, I believe, God calls us to do.

And then Perman defines what gospel-driven productivity is:

The essence of GDP is this: We are to use all that we have, in all areas of life, for the good of others, to the glory of God – and that this is the most exciting life. To be a gospel-driven Christian means to be on the lookout to do good for others to the glory of God, in all areas of life, and to do this with creativity and competence. Further, being gospel-driven also means knowing how to get things done so that we can serve others in a way that really helps, in all areas of life, without making ourselves miserable in the process through overload, overwhelm, and hard-to-keep-up systems.

In other words, we are to put productivity practices and tools in the service of God’s purpose for us, which is that we do good for others, in all areas of life, to his glory (28).

Through Perman’s repetition of key ideas here, one gets the point of what it means to be a productive believer in our daily work.

Good things to think about as we conclude the week. And now tomorrow (Sunday) we get to be refreshed by and re-grounded in the gospel of sovereign grace, so that we may be “driven” to be the best productive and best motivated Christians in the workplace, wherever that is and whatever that involves.

May God bless our work and our rest, for Christ’s sake.

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