In Colossians 1, Paul says that all things were made in Christ, all things were made for him, and all things hold together in him. Finally, Paul says, all things will be reconciled to him. No language can be plainer: all means all. For Paul, the Gospel of Jesus is not only about getting human souls right with God, but getting every single part of his very good creation right with him. When we think about it, doesn’t it make such wonderful sense that the redemptive story of the Bible is not only for everyone but for everything?
I’ve come to believe that acting “in the name of Jesus” is fundamentally about acting in congruence with Jesus’s character and mission. What mattered to me as a business owner was that my employees understood what we wanted to do as a company (our mission) and who we intended to be as a company (our character). So, as followers of Jesus, we need to thoughtfully reflect God’s mission and character in our everyday work.
Yes, I know Thanksgiving Day has passed. The festivities of yesterday are over. Chances are you’ll be eating leftovers today and perhaps cleaning up after your relatives or driving home from grandma’s house. Nevertheless, today is a day for giving thanks. In fact, every day is a day for giving thanks.
As Christians, we know that the earth and everything in it belongs to the Lord (Psalm 24:1). We confidently understand that God created all things by, through, and for Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:16). These two scriptures alone build the context that we need in order to realize that there is no sacred vs. secular for the believer. God is God in every facet of this earth, and we are to exist as his children in every space of our lives. This includes our work. Under this context, we are able to understand that God will indeed use us, not just in the church, but also in our jobs, our daily work.
God reminded me that Adam and Eve never knew the concept of sacred vs. secular. These premier human beings just existed in perfect harmony before the God that created them. Every action that they took was worship unto their King.
A recent StoryCorps recording featured a conversation with François Clemmons. Clemmons played the role of Officer Clemmons on the program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Clemmons, an African-American graduate student, met Fred Rogers, a white Methodist minister, in 1968. After meeting, Fred Rogers invited Clemmons to participate on his television program which was marketed toward children but which, quite arguably, was a gentle teacher to many adults who sat with their children to watch the show.
Yes, I know Thanksgiving Day has passed. The festivities of yesterday are over. Chances are you’ll be eating leftovers today and perhaps cleaning up after your relatives or driving home from grandma’s house.
Nevertheless, today is a day for giving thanks. In fact, every day is a day for giving thanks.
In the seven-plus years during which I have been writing daily devotions, I almost always work my way incrementally through a book of Scripture. These days, as you know, I’m moving slowly through Genesis. But, every now and then, I have interrupted my standard procedure to share with my readers something of unusual interest. I’m doing this today and for a couple more days as well. We’ll get back to Genesis on Wednesday.