Posted by: Brian Musser | May 26, 2014

Every Christian’s General Call (Part 2)

Work-Ship – Week Seven:  Knowing God’s Will for your Work  – Day Forty-Four:  Every Christian’s General Call (Part 2)

We have been concentrating on the idea that work is good. No matter what we are doing (with the exception of blatant sin) we can do it as worship toward God. Any type of work can be seen as ultimately valuable in its relation to God. This is because the image of God can shine through us as we work. We can work like God works. We can work in obedience to God’s command toward humanity to work. We can acknowledge our dependence upon God as we work in His creation and with the skills He has given us. And we work in community being a model of the Trinity in action. We have established that work can be worship. So with that said, what should we be doing?

If there are many available and good options for us, how do we decide what specifically to do?  Does God care what type of work we do?  Should we seek God’s guidance in our career and job choices?  What does that guidance look like?

Yesterday, we looked at the idea that every Christian is called to follow the Great Commandment.  We are challenged to love God and others.  We must make out occupational decisions based on this directive.  We must decide what to do in relation to our love of God and our love for others.  We want jobs that help us love God and help us love others.  We can not have jobs that inhibit our love of God and damage our love for others.

Today we are going to look at the second piece that most Evangelical Christians would agree is part of every Christian’s general call.  We are going to examine the Great Commission.

Matthew 28:18 – 20 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

We are commissioned by Jesus into the world to make disciples.  Jesus sends us to baptize and teach others to follow his name.  These instructions should be the guiding principle for our lives as Christians.  But how does this verse relate to work?  How do we apply it to our everyday occupations?

First, our jobs must not prevent us from carrying out the Great Commission.  This might be a little difficult to imagine.  I’m not talking about jobs that take up your time and have certain limitations on your social interactions in the work environment.  All jobs have a time requirement that prioritizes what we can accomplish during the work and what we cannot.  I am talking about a job that would lower your ability to communicate the Gospel accurately to others; a job that hurts your testimony or credibility.  It could also be jobs that are so mobile or isolating that we are not able to interact with others in a normal way.  Just for a somewhat exaggerated example a job where you are the only person inhabiting a weather reporting station in Antarctica might be a job that prevents you from fulfilling the Great Commission.

Second, our jobs should help us in completing the Great Commission.  Now this is a bit easier to explain.  Most work, if examined properly, would and could be viewed as a benefit to completely the Great Commission.  Most work will place you in a context that would not otherwise be available to you.  As you work you go places you would not normally go.  As you go you can take the Gospel with you.  Most work brings you into contact with people that you would have never met otherwise.  As you work you meet people.  Some of these people, whether co-workers, clients or customers you have the opportunity to build a relationship with.  As you build that relationship you will have opportunities to share the Gospel with them.

Does your job prevent you from fulfilling the Great Commission?  

How are you able to build relationships with others through your work?

How do you need to improve building relationships through work and/or sharing the Gospel in the context of those relationships?

Next week we will spend a considerable time examining what it looks like to take our faith to work and how to do it most effectively.

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