Last week, as a church, we prayed for and celebrated the special work of all those working in our schools and universities. But let me ask the rest of you this…
Do you see God at work in your job?
When you go to work each day, do you connect your task list or job duties with your Christian journey?
I hope so. Because God's spirit is at work in and through you where ever you may go, if we open ourselves to Him. Part of allowing God’s spirit to work in our lives is a commitment to ways of Jesus. As disciples of Jesus, we are challenged to take up our cross and follow him (Matt 16:10). What does that mean? Does that mean I have to suffer? Does it mean I have to die? Many times this challenge gets held up in spiritual terms and in terms of individual suffering and self-sacrifice.This isn’t wrong, but what if it were simpler and more ordinary than this?
Alan Culpepper says: "The language of cross bearing has been corrupted by overuse. Bearing a cross has nothing to do with chronic illness, painful physical conditions or trying family relationships. It is instead what we do voluntarily as a consequence of our commitment to Jesus Christ."
If you accept Culpepper’s assertion, then when we are truly living by the cross all aspects of our lives will be shaped by our commitment to following Jesus. Thus, where ever you go, what ever you are doing – working, playing, parenting, hanging out, we are to be shaped by Jesus. Teachers and volunteers, websites managers and temp workers, bus drivers and barbers, students and secretaries, parents and payroll officers, when you offer your time, talents and labors to God, you are carrying your cross, by allowing the whole of your lives to be shaped by your commitment to Christ.
On this Labor Day weekend, I pray that you might remember that as a Child of God, all that you do, even the most simple and mundane of tasks matters to God. When you share love, peace, kindness, joy, justice, grace, mercy, within your daily life, you are making a difference for God.
I hope to see you in Worship this Sunday, but keep up all your good work and remember you make a difference!
PS. In preparation for Sunday’s worship take time to read the story of a widow and an unjust Judge, Luke 18:1-8.