Wakening up to work: kingdom-carriers@work
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” @ Colossians 3:23-24
It is impossible to change communities through Sunday services. It’s only possible through scattered servants - people who take their everyday ordinary life and place it before God as an offering. Scattered servants bring life everywhere everyday. These kingdom carriers show up in their place of employment, understanding that they are on assignment.
The assignment is not merely to share their faith… the assignment is always to bring back life.
The great reformer and abolitionist, William Wilberforce, was determined to bring back life. Consequently, He devoted his early political career to creating initiatives that would rescue and restore life to those in slavery. However, after he came to faith in Christ at age 26, he almost quit politics to go into the “ministry”. He perceived it to be of greater value and a higher calling.
Thankfully his friend, (a former slave trader named John Newton, and the writer of ‘Amazing Grace’), persuaded Wilberforce to remain where God could use him most - in politics. Ultimately, God used the scattered servant, Wilberforce to gradually eliminate slavery in his day, through 69 initiatives he piloted that changed his nation… and the world.
As believers, we are entrusted with bringing life back to workplaces, and communities, and families through working with God in whatever industry we find ourselves. Whatever we do we work at it with all of our hearts, and in the process discover ourselves refashioned. As we place our workdays and our workplace before God as an offering, just like Wilberforce, we begin to see our everyday as the subversive fashioning of a new culture filled with hope and healing, a culture filled with the story and glory of God.