Posted by: Brian Musser | April 25, 2014

Working Redemptively

Work-Ship – Week Three:  The Son At Work – Day Sixteen:  Working Redemptively

The first week we came to the conclusion that our definition of work must be based on God’s work.  If we are going to figure out what work is, how we are supposed to work and the proper place work should have in our lives it must be rooted in the way God works.  So we are in the middle of our three week exploration of the work of God organizing our conversation through the lens of the Trinity.

  • Week Two – The Father at Work
  • Week Three – The Son at Work
  • Week Four – The Spirit at Work

We have established the idea that Jesus Christ, God the Son, works in responsive submission to God the Father, but what type of work does Christ actually do?  There are two major categories that describes Christ’s work.

  1. Christ works as the redeemer
  2. Christ works as the communicator

The next couple of days we are going look at Christ’s work through redemption.  Then later in the week we will explain and explore Christ the communicator.  Christ’s work in redemption is a huge topic.  I am not even trying to look at the topic in depth.  We will only concentrate on a few specific points that applicable to our discussion about work.  Let’s first look at a few Scriptures on redemption.

Luke 19:10 (HCSB)For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.

The “Son if Man” is Jesus’ title for himself.  Here in this passage in Jesus’ own words we see His purpose in coming.  He intended to seek and save the lost.

Galatians 4:4-7 (HCSB) When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Jesus’ redemption of humanity has produced a demonstrable change transforming us from slaves to heirs.

Ephesians 1:7 (HCSB) We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

Jesus spent His blood and His very life for us so that we can be redeemed.  Jesus used his own personal resources to redeem us.  We can clearly see that Jesus’ act of redemption fits perfectly into our definition of work.

Work is the intentional use of a person’s energy (mental, physical, emotional and/or spiritual) to accomplish a specific change.

Let’s look at the necessary parts of Christ’s work of redemption.  For the work of redemption to have happened:

  • Something had to be messed up, broken, needed to be fixed, wrong, in this case it was humanity’s relationship with God.
  • Jesus had to consciously recognize that the relationship between God and humanity was broken.
  • There must have been a way, or a way needed to be created, so that the relationship that was broken could be fixed.
  • Jesus needed to intentionally decide to fix that which was broken.
  • Jesus needed to spend his personal resources to fix that which was broken.
  • That which was broken is now fixed.

Although, our work will never match up to Jesus’ work of redemption, quantitatively or qualitatively, do you work in a way that is similar to Jesus’ work in redemption?  Do you spend your own resources and energy to fix something that is physically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, systematically broken?  Is a part of you job redemptive?

 

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