To be human is to work. Each of us is meant to build or create something, to help or assist in some way, to contribute as we are best able. Our work is one primary way we reflect the nature and character of God in the world. Work can be worship. One theologian, Miroslav Volf, put it this way: “For Greeks, living like gods meant living without work. For Hebrews, living like God meant having meaningful work”. In the Bible story, work is not to be escaped but redeemed. God works: he makes, orders, sustains, and tends his creation. But there is a sense where his work depends on ours.
Two men were looking out over a beautifully tended field of vegetables. The first man was from the city and rarely saw such a sight. The second man was the farmer whose field it was they gazed upon. The first man gushed: “Isn’t God’s world amazing? How beautiful!” The second man, the man who had tended the field, nodded in satisfied agreement: “Yes, it’s beautiful alright.” He paused. “But you should have seen this field when God had it all to himself.”
In this series we want to talk about the meaning of our work, and how divine purpose and calling can infuse what we do. Work is more meaningful, more God-reflective and God-honoring than we know.
Calgary is a very career-centric culture, which means that high ambitions drive our city. The daily rush to downtown is the evidence of that ambition. But to what end?
We want to talk about building a life that matters. Before we head out to our summer travels, we want to give some guide points on how to evaluate our life of work.
Starts June 8, 2014