Bought by the Blood

September 3, 2011

Four Questions For Those Who Labor For Jesus in the Marketplace

In honor of the Labor Day weekend, I think the following four questions are essential for Christians who work in a secular environment to meditate on:

Do you see your work as nothing more than a necessary evil, or only as the context for evangelistic opportunities? Or do you see it as a means of glorifying God through participating in his purposes for creation and therefore having intrinsic value? How do you relate what you do in your daily work to the Bible’s teaching about human responsibility in creation and society?

Where in all your activity is the deliberate acknowledgement of, and submission to, the divine auditory? In what way does accountability to God impinge on your everyday work?

How do you perceive the governance of God in the marketplace (which is another way of seeking the kingdom of God and his justice), and what difference does it make when you do? Is it really the case that “Heaven rules” on Sundays, but the market rules from Monday to Friday (with Saturday as a day off for gods and humans)?

In what ways is your daily labor transformed by the knowledge that it is all contributing to that which God will one day redeem and include with his new creation?

Christ Wright from “The Mission of God’s People”

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