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Monday, January 25, 2010

Your work as an act of worship

If you read my blog, and if you follow my twitter feed - see http://www.twitter.com/digitaldion - you will know that I am a proponent of the notion that work can be an act of worship.  According to Col 3:23 we can choose to do our work for Christ (both honouring His will for our labour, energy, creativity and time; but also achieving his desired will to encounter people in love and transform systems to reflect the pattern of God's loving Kingdom).

The following quote inspired me today:

Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists generally. There is, has been, and will always be a certain group of people whom inspiration visits. It's made up of all those who've consciously chosen their calling and do their job with love and imagination. It may include doctors, teachers, gardeners -- and I could list a hundred more professions ... A swarm of new questions emerges from every problem they solve. Whatever inspiration is, it's born from a continuous "I don't know." Wislawa Szymborska,from her lecture upon winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1996

I would like to encourage you to read the quote above, and the scripture reading below a few times.

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord is the maker of them allProverbs 22:1-2

What is God's intention for your worklife?  If Jesus were 'doing your job' how would he deal with the people and systems you encounter each day?  What commitment can you make in order to use your work as an act of declaring Christ's worth?

May you be richly blessed this week!


  • You should check out the Catholic's Opus Dei movement, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opus_Dei in relation to your post ...

    By Blogger amy beth, at 9:59 AM  

  • Dion

    As someone who is an ordained Minister and who works in a secular role as well most of my ministry is not parish based, but with the people I meet and work with in my work envirnoment. Your question "What is God's intention for your worklife?" is something I constanly ask myself and struggle with.


    By Blogger Scout with the Cross, at 2:43 PM  

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