Day 1

Wakening up to work: mercy@work

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” @ Romans 12:1

Everything that gets separated from mercy gets severed from glory… and beauty and dignity. There is a tendency to separate the menial from mercy, and when that happens, our life at work becomes divorced from our faith. This is dangerous because when we fail to see the mercy of God at work, we miss the story of God at work, and when we miss the story of God at work, we miss the opportunity to partner with God at work.

And so, we begin dividing work into sacred and secular: into jobs that release the kingdom and jobs that resist the kingdom; into the important and irrelevant, into regular employment and kingdom assignment.

Therefore, God invites us to rethink everything we are, and everything we do, through the lens of mercy.  Gripped by mercy, we slowly understand that God’s mercy is everywhere, for everyone. It is with engineers and elders; designers and deacons. Gradually, instead of colliding, our faith and work connect. Instead of wrestling with the dilemma of quitting our jobs to pursue kingdom ministry, we realise that our job IS kingdom ministry. Ordinary ministry.

The revelation of his mercy allows us to see the kingdom at work. Mercy rewrites the story of the ordinary. Mercy connects God’s work and our work. Mercy allows work to become offering - worship. Seeing what we do (everything) through the lens of mercy is step one in recovering the beauty, dignity, and glory of work.