As we read through Paul’s words to the Ephesians in chapter two, I’m reminded of the precious and dignifying status that comes with being Christ’s workmanship. We see that Christians are not only ascended to a place of glory by Christ, but that we have been, in Christ, “created for good works … that we should walk in them.”
How will the Church in the 21st century “equip the saints for works of service” (Eph. 4:12) for the vast challenges we face? This can seem overwhelming. But then I remember that God’s people are touching every area of our cities through their daily work.
We’ve all seen it growing, used it, and may even have found ourselves offering our own labor and services as part of it. The Gig Economy. While great strides are being made in the industry, it also begs the question for faithful Christians on how the benefits can be weighed over concerns of destructive impact to flourishing in God’s economy.
In her book Kingdom Calling, Amy Sherman lays out a vision for the coming kingdom of God expressed and ushered in through a co-laboring with God in our daily work. Throughout the book Sherman reframes the notion that “the kingdom of God is both something that is now and not yet.”
Alan Noble’s Disruptive Witness has been a hot topic in some evangelical circles. I appreciate the book because it breaks down the complex and often quoted ideas of Charles Taylor into manageable pieces that I can actually understand.
When Christians think of Hollywood as an industry, the last thing that comes to mind for many is a group of “divine image-bearers wonderfully expressing their creative giftedness for God’s glory.” But what if our view of Tinsel Town is skewed?
In a me-first culture, acts of selflessness register all the more precious in our psyche. May we all seek to be the type of people in our vocations who support, uplift, and affirm everyone on our team who labor with us.
While it would be easily to overlook the value behind the letter of the law set in place here in Leviticus, the principle spirit of creating means to care for the sojourner can help us approach our blessings with open hands, knowing Christ is the true giver of all good gifts, and thus worthy of glory, honor, and praise.
In God’s economy, His people are always blessed to then turn around and be a blessing to the world. This is fundamental to the mission of God. So what does it mean to steward blessings for the benefit not only of God and myself but also my neighbor?
We at CFWLA are celebrating this season of advent expectation with a four-part series of devotionals that seek to honestly acknowledge the depth of our brokenness and the far-reaching hope of the gospel, specifically in the work we engage with every day. You can read the devotional series below in its entirety.