For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NIV)
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
What Makes Work Christian? What is the difference between a “Christian” worker and a regular worker?
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. Colossians 3:23 (GNT)
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35 (NIV)
Our Calling: No matter where you work or what you do,
- Work with God
- For the Good of Others
- With the Best of Who You Are
We bring the best of who we are when we stop: gossiping, complaining, being lazy, and stealing.
We bring the best of who we are when we start: bring our best effort, best skills/talent, best attitude/perspective, and our best focus (being fully present)
"The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clutter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I posses God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the Blessed Sacrament." - Brother Lawrence
Every experience is an opportunity to reveal Jesus in the way I relate
- Trust God
- Be Deliberate
- Be Honest and Patient
- Share the Journey
· What do you love about that thing you do: your work?
· Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 18-20.
· What motivated Paul? (v. 14)
· In your own words, describe what is means to be an “ambassador” of Jesus. (v. 20)
· For you, what does it look like to be a minister of reconciliation and an ambassador?
· Read Colossians 3:23 and John 13:34-35.
· From these passages, what are some principles that should guide your work?
· Are there any times in your work where it is difficult to see God’s calling or to live out God’s calling?
· Read the quote by Brother Lawerence (pot scrubber). What would it be like to view your work as a form of prayer or worship to God?
· Have you ever experienced a career crisis? If so, what help you to navigate that season?
· What is a practical way for you to follow your calling to work with God this week?
What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
What will help you remember it?
Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?