Keller said that God could easily give us His gifts without our help but it is throughour works that He wishes to involve, train and include us as part of the family.Quoting Luther, he went on to point out that although man’s work is “child’sperformance,” they are the “masks of God” by which He works.“God doesn’t have to do it that way but He is. He’s loving you through other people’swork. He goes as far as to say that the baker and the farmer in work is God indisguise. These are the masks of God. God is loving you and distributing His giftsthrough work,” said Keller.The New York pastor also put the value of work in perspective by looking at Jesus’occupation.“There is no menial work. Jesus came not as a philosopher, not as a general. He cameas a carpenter,” said Keller. “The Bible says that all works matter to God. All works.Not just works that make money.”Christians, meanwhile, should always reflect upon how God matters to their work,added Keller.He cautioned against serving idols in work, whether it be profit in business or self-expression in art, instead of serving God.Belief in the Gospel, according to Keller, should impact one’s motivation of work,work ethic and treatment of others around them in work. He urged listeners tocontinually gather together and through talks and prayer, accumulate wisdom on howGod can have a greater impact in their field.“You are in a very big city, New York. It is an exhausting city. It’s a very hard place towork. It’s a secular city so it’s very hard to bring your values onto the way you work,”said Keller. “Therefore, because of the power of the Gospel, I call you to think like aprophet, serve like a priest, and plan like a king. It means getting together to think,think, how does the preeminence of God reign in my field. It means serving each otherand serving people around you in the city.”The “Gospel & Culture” series seeks to prepare the congregation for effectiveengagement in thecultureof NYC. Organized by the church’s Center for Faith andWork, the lecture series will be held one Sunday every month and will culminate withthe first Faith & Work conference this fall.