Week 4 of “Fruitfulness on the Frontline” involves looking at how we “Make Good Work”, with Rev. Graham Crawford:
This morning, instead of ending my sermon with a video clip, I want to begin the sermon with the clip because – instead of it inspiring us to follow through on the theme of the sermon – this one issues us a challenge, a worthy challenge, a Godly challenge.
[Link to Common Good RVA video on Vimeo.com, which encourages the viewer to explore what it means to see our everyday work as a meaningful part of our Christian calling].
I wonder how many of us pursue our childhood dreams to do the things we dreamt of as youngsters?
When I grow up I want to: be an engine driver; be a fireman; drive a tractor; play football.
One of my favourite bumper stickers of all time was on the back of a wee red mini. It simply said: “When I grow up, I want to be a fire engine!”
I love that!
As the chap in the video said, they were all things that seemed like fun; exciting things to do that were full of purpose.
I do not know many 6 or 7 year olds who say that, when they grow up, they want to be stuck behind a desk all day.
And yet, as the video points out, for many of us our nine to five job ends up being a “toil of frustration”.
How can we redeem our work?
After all, as we have already said, Jesus came into the world to redeem everything. Not just people but the whole of creation – and that means our work as well. [Read more…]