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Stewardship of the Goodnews

How often do you feel you’re doing God’s work?

            1 – Never

                2 – Rarely

                    3 – Sometimes

                        4 – Once in a while

                            5 – Every day

Your answer depends on what you think of as God’s work.

I just came back from a wonderful vacation down in the Cities.  Jen and I took the kids to a railroad museum, to a climbing place for children that had to have had structures 30 feet high, to the Zoo, and generally just had a fun time, relaxing and spending time with Jen's parents.  It was so refreshing, and I thank you all for allowing me that time.  But what I realized in the midst of trying to recharge for ministry was that we were doing God's work right in the middle of all of those fun activities.

We tend to think of God’s work as the  stuff that happens in church: reading the Bible, singing a hymn, giving an offering, taking communion, or praying. Or we may think of God’s work as sharing our faith, talking about Jesus, praying for or with a friend in need. Or maybe God’s work is serving at the food pantry or helping Habitat for Humanity, or donating money to a disaster relief organization.

 How about this: laundry is doing God’s work. Gardening is doing God’s work.  Fishing is doing God’s work (though you already knew that one). Working at your job is God’s work (though you might argue that there is nothing “heavenly” about your job...).

God lives in you; you are the hands and feet of Christ. That is our calling, our vocation. Which means, wherever you go, whatever you do, you bring Christ with you. Your actions show Christ to others. That’s why Paul writes in 1 Peter 4:11, “Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”

What an amazing thing to think about: God wants us to do his work right along with him! And that even in the mundane and adventurous things of our lives, God is at work in and through us!  So enjoy your fishing, enjoy your camping, enjoy your gardening and laundry and yard work, enjoy your job – God is doing amazing things in and through you! And if your life allows you, remember on vacation to enjoy doing God’s work too!

Your fellow worker in Christ,

~Matthew Rose, Pastor

P.S. I highly suggest                                                                  1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 on this topic.