– January 26, 2021 –
If you have been attending KIROS for a while, you know your work matters to God. The Bible is filled with this topic, and we cover some aspect of this in every meeting.
But what about your specific work? Do you work as a business owner? A product developer? A financial analyst? A coach? A techie? A sales person? How do you see your specific work as service to God?
I was intrigued recently in reading Luke 3. John the Baptist was telling people about the Kingdom of God, challenging them in no uncertain terms to focus their lives on serving in the Kingdom. The people were convicted, and said to John (Luke 3:11-14):
“What should we do then?” the crowd asked.
- John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
- Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”
- Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.
- Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
- He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
John’s general answer came first—to live generously as God’s people. But then came specific questions, and some specific answers. The tax collectors and soldiers asked him about their specific work. It is interesting to note what John did not say, and what he did say. He did not say they should leave their positions and go into “full time ministry” in order to serve God as followers of Christ. Rather he told them to stay where they were and live out this faith in the context of their specific work. And to think carefully about that specific work and what it would mean to do it to the glory of God.
I have been wondering what John might say if he were a speaker at KIROS? And if after, we were to come to him and ask, in the context of our daily work, “And what should we do?”
Take a moment and think about what he might say to you.