Don’t Waste Your Work: More Than a Job
Living out our faith in the workplace is such an interesting challenge. Some of us do this by always trying to do our work with integrity, living the highest principles, making it clear that our values of faith inform our decisions and approach to work. I know folks who will display symbols of their faith around their workspace, to make a witness of what is important to them. Sometimes we find ways in our conversations around work to make it clear we go to church, that following Jesus, loving God and being part of a spiritual community are essential parts of who we are. In these past weeks of our worship series, “Don’t Waste Your Work,” we talked about how we were created by God to work and that God, in fact, calls each one of us to a vocation. I believe that God wants our lives and our work to reflect God’s concern for creation and the common good. God has given us a beautiful world in which to reside, work, play, and love. God wants us to care for creation and through our work to help renew and honor what God has provided in our lives.
The ministry of Jesus commences with John the Baptism and his preaching out in the wilderness by the Jordan River. When people hear John, they are moved by his call to repentance and want to respond. Many turned their lives around. They understood that the time had come for God to act in sending the Messiah. After hearing John’s bold, prophetic message, people asked a terribly important question: “What should we do?”
We should always be willing to ask that question of ourselves as we think about living our faith. It’s interesting to me that John doesn’t tell people to quit everything they’re doing and join his movement. He doesn’t tell them to leave their jobs or move out into the wilderness, leaving their normal life behind and focus solely on a religious vocation. He says we are to live compassionately and share what we have with others. If someone was a tax collector or a soldier, they were supposed to act with integrity. The message is the same today: “Don’t abuse your position or power.” John says to live faithfully in the vocation to which God has called you. Sunday we worship God who meets us in the workplace or place where we volunteer, helping us to be God’s agents of love, mercy, and justice. We worship a God who renews and equips us to meet any challenge in our work.
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