SUNDAY HAS LOST TOUCH WITH MONDAY
Church services seem like islands cut off from the mainland where most of us spend our best hours—the work world. As one pastor observed after listening to numbers of working people, “ . . . much of what happened on Sunday was irrelevant to them on Monday.”
This teaching aim to help you rejoin Sunday and Monday. To live a unified life instead of one split into “sacred” and “secular” compartments. To see in your daily work the opportunity to carry out many of the “good works” God created you in Christ to do. To understand how to shape your job into a base from which you serve God and people.
Many Christians labor under an incomplete picture of why they work. You may have seen your office or shop as a place for witnessing. Or as a means of earning money you can give to Christian causes. But God’s purposes in placing you there run well beyond those areas. His reasons for calling you into your work include:
1. Mirroring God
God, the Worker, created in his image man, the worker. We live and we work to reflect God. As they see the way you work, others should catch glimpses of God.
2. Becoming Christ-Like
Work is good. Sin made work painful. In your workplace tests and stresses, God is at work—stretching, pruning and molding you into the likeness of his Son.
3. Supporting Believers
God has positioned Christ-followers in uncountable workplaces around the world. The believers among your workplace associates offer you an opportunity to practice the “one-anothering” love described in the New Testament.
4. Embodying Truth
God sent Jesus into the world as embodied Truth. In turn, he sends you into your work world to give bodily form to the truth as it is in Jesus. As you work, you are to walk and talk the truth where seekers can see and hear.
5. Doing Earthwork
Whatever your work, you are to do it as worship, lovingly offered to God to help him maintain his earth and sustain life on this temporary planet. Your work itself serves God, his creatures and his creation.
6. Reaching Forward
You can do your earthwork now in “active anticipation” of the new earth to come. Picture your active anticipation as “reaching forward” while you work. Expect God to preserve and purify something from your work on earth and to carry it into his new creation.
7. Grasping Vocation
To many today, vocation means little more than “job.” But for the Christian, vocation speaks of being called by God. In Christ, God calls us out of sin and to himself. He also calls us to carry out the good work he has prepared for us to do. Much of that good work may be accomplished within your everyday job. But your calling includes far more than just your paid employment.