Most people spend most of their waking hours
working. Is it possible to enjoy waking up each morning? We need a
vision of work that is more than a means to an end.
is all meaningful and moral activity apart from leisure and rest. Paid
and unpaid, labor and leadership, factory and field, home and office –
it all matters to God and our world. Parenting is work! God ordained
work BEFORE we fell into sin, commissioning our stewardship of the
world and cultivation of creation (Genesis 1-2). Sin has corrupted our
work, introducing greed and oppression, sweat and toil (Genesis 3;
Ecclesiastes 4; Amos 2, 5 and James 5).
the Scriptures, creative, diligent, and ethical work is praised. But by
the third century of church history, the sacred-secular dichotomy (SSD)
was introduced and “spiritual” callings and labors were deemed more
sacred that “lay” or “secular” labors. Praise God for dedicated women
and men called to lead the Body of Christ and initiate evangelistic and
missionary efforts across the street and around the world. They are
worthy of honor and financial support (Galatians 6; Philippians 1). But
no member of the Body of Christ is unimportant or inferior and no good
work is “secular” anymore! Romans 12:1-2 and Colossians 3: 17-24 make it
clear that our whole life is worship…and since we spend most of our
waking hours working, this must be an offering to God.
thank you for all your good work, seen and unseen. The Holy Spirit is
preparing an awakening unlike anything we have seen for at least 200
years. And one of the keys (along with prayer, repentance, love, and
unity) is recognizing that God’s mission takes place through the entire
Body of Christ – most of whom work all day/week. We must close the gap
between Sunday’s ecstasies and Monday’s ethics, and offer all our daily
activities as worship. The same gifts of the Spirit in operation as we
gather in churches and homes are available as we go out in mission…at
work! In fact, we should expect more supernatural signs as we are
outside of religious gatherings, for God wants all to come to faith and
Jesus did not perform for religious consumers (see Mark 6 and Luke 7).
have been involved with a variety of faith and work movements since the
early 1990s and we are encouraged by the kingdom progress as ALL
classes and cultures, traditions and vocations are now being honored and
empowered. Charlie works for Made to Flourish (www.madetoflourish.org),
where the focus is empowering pastors and their churches to integrate
faith, work, and economic wisdom for the flourishing of their
communities. Charlie’s work with AGTS includes leading several
initiatives that integrate faith, work and economic wisdom into the
curriculum and community of the seminary. AGTS will be hosting its first
Faith, Work and Economics Summit on October 15 (www.agts.edu). Charlie is on the steering team for the Oikonomia Network (www.oikonomianetwork.org),
a group of colleges, seminaries, and universities equipping present and
future ministers with this same integration. We are honored being Board
members for Vine Associates, one facet of an amazing mission lead by
Brett and Lyn Johnson. They are being used by God to reimagine and
refocus mission to include transforming all facets of society (see the
sites: www.repurposing.biz and www.inst.net).
Charlie is a Board member of Missio Alliance, another network of
networks dedicated to reimagining Gospel-centered mission for the 21st century (www.missioalliance.org).
We are also participants and presenters in events sponsored by the
Acton institute, dedicated to a free and virtuous society, integrating
good intentions and sound economics and uniting women and men of a
variety of traditions (www.acton.org)
Let’s offer our day as an act of worship, knowing that today/s discipline is tomorrow’s destiny.