Friday, April 11, 2014

The Sacredness of Work

"The first qualification for judging any piece of workmanship from a corkscrew to a cathedral is to know what it is - what it was intended to do and how it is meant to be used."  - C.S. Lewis, A Preface to 'Paradise Lost'

Christians too often view our work and the work around us as a secular act, having nothing to do with our faith, unless we are working directly for or on behalf of some "ministry" or "church."  But nothing could be further from the truth.

God sees our work as sacred, as long as we understand that we are doing it glory of the Lord (Martin Luther once said, “A dairymaid can milk cows to the glory of God.”).  And I am pleased to give a hat tip to the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics for the video they released this week on this topic:

So to get back to the C.S. Lewis quote, what and how do you think you and your work is meant to be used?  Have you submitted your work to the Lord, or have you just assumed Christianity is only for Sundays?  Do you realize your work is sacred?  If not, it is time.

Christians need to stop drudging through the days of work and labor, waiting for an opportunity to engage in God's work.  While God, meanwhile, is waiting for you to allow Him to be engaged in the work He has given you.

So in conclusion, I will offer a quote from John Piper's book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals (which I found while reading Redeeming Law by Michael Schutt): "God is not looking for people to work for Him but people who let Him work mightily in and through them..."

Are you ready?

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