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Friday, June 11, 2010

Come Along Side

Last week's post ended with two questions:

Do you think the lost art of "God-centered work" can be restored?

If so, how?

Since no one responded, I'm left to answer my own questions! So, here goes...

When I'm involved in a project that requires skills I have never used before, or I'm trying to solve a problem I don't know how to fix, I look for "how to" information.

I appreciate the "_______ for Dummies" books, because they don't assume I know anything. They start from "A" and go to "Z," in an orderly, step-by-step fashion. That's what I like.

I can also Google, "How do I ________" and get a concise answer to just about anything in a nano-second!

But some challenges defy step-by-step solutions, and have no quick fixes. They are too big. Too complex. Like: restoring the lost art of God-centered work in a culture that has excluded Him from public places and relegated Him to "church" (which would have been unthinkable in Jonathan Edwards' day). Fixing such a problem is fully and completely beyond us. And this is a good thing!

Can the lost art of God-centered work be restored? The short answer is, "Yes."

Why do I believe this? Because "with God all things are possible" [Mark 10:27].

But those two little words, "with God," are critically important.

Psalm 127:1 comes to my mind: "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it."

When it comes to restoring the lost art of God-centered work in a post-Christian society, it can only happen if it's a "Holy Spirit thing."

Our role in the process is to come along side what the Lord is doing today in this regard.

So how is it possible to "come along side" with respect to restoring a God-centered approach to work in the 21st Century?

In the next few posts, we'll explore some ways we can cooperate with the Holy Spirit to revive a robust "theology of work" in today's culture. Specifically, I'll be looking at ways in which churches, homes, schools and companies can "come along side" in this move of God.

Did I say, "move of God?"

If it isn't, let's pack up and call it a day.

First stop: the church.

2 comments:

  1. Christian,

    As we have discussed many times, I am convinced that the move of God we seek will come on the wings of the free, unconditional, no-demands (including the demand to bring the Lord into the workplace) gospel of the grace of God, a gospel not preached clearly in the church. Until we are free from our performance burden, capturing the workplace for the kingdom of God is just another task that I ought to, need to, and should do. With an understanding of the true gospel, the question becomes, "What am I going to do now that I don't have to do anything!" The grace of God harnessses my "want to." That is so much more attractive!

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  2. Robert,

    You are touching on a critical point with respect to the Christian life.

    When we read a verse like, "If we love Him, we will keep His commandments," we can "read" it two ways. One way is: "If we keep His commandments, we'll demonstrate to ourselves (and to God) that we love Him."

    The odd thing is, it is possible to do a lot of things that align with His will, but not actually love Him.

    This can lead to a lot of human effort and "will-power cranking" that leads to the idea that if we "only walk so far on the Sabboth," or "never eat crab," [or, in our terms, "read our Bible every day"] we're "OK with God."

    But it is possible to read our Bible every day and not love Him.

    Another way to read the verse is: "If we genuinely love Him, the natural, normal outcome of that relationship will be authentic behavior that that aligns itself with His commandments."

    I think this is what John 15 is getting at, when Christ says, "I am the vine, you are the branches...abide in Me...and you will bear much fruit."

    It that what you are getting at?

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