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Friday, January 30, 2015

The Most Inspiring Thing You'll Hear All Month

In his book The Call, Os Guinness makes an astute observation: "The problem with Western Christians is not that they aren't where they should be but that they aren't what they should be where they are."

Imagine a world in which followers of Christ (who are sprinkled like salt throughout the entire spectrum of society in the workplace--right now) got up on Monday morning and said: "Today, by God's grace, I'm going to live out the full implications of my faith at work!"

What might happen if the Body of Christ (even 10%) were to actually take what we heard on Sunday morning and apply in on Monday morning in the workplace? 

If you want to see what might happen, watch the video below. It is the personal account of Jack van Hartesvelt, who decided to bring what he heard on Sunday to work with him on Monday. It may be the most inspiring thing you'll hear all month. 

To put work into the larger context of the biblical view of Moral Order and Purpose, here are some questions we can ask:

How has the reality of sin in a fallen world affected this activity? What can I do about it?

Is justice being done in and through this activity?

How can God's will be done on the earth today, as it is in heaven, through this activity? 

How does this activity fulfill The First Commission given by God to human beings: to govern over all the earth (Gen. 1:26-28)?

How does this activity provide opportunities for me to "observe all that Christ commanded," as given in the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20?

How does this activity relate to eternity? What eternal purpose does this activity have? How might this activity relate to what will be going on in the New Earth (Rev. 21)?

How does this activity serve to reconcile all things to Christ (Col. 1)?

What does the Kingdom of God "look like" when it "comes" to this activity? This workplace?

How does this activity provide opportunities for me (by God's grace) to be "salt" and "light" in the world?

Why is this activity truly worthwhile? Why does it really matter?

Think about these questions as you watch Jack's story. He buys and sells hotels for an investment firm. The week before I interviewed him, his company sold a hotel in Manhattan for one million dollars--per room:

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