by Michael Waddell, CBM Field Staff in the Philippines
For the past number of weeks I have been reading through the Gospel of John and have been blessed over and over again by its content. This past Sunday we attended a church where they have been preaching a series through the Gospel of John. The Pastor shared a quote from C.S. Lewis that says, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
After reflecting on this quote and our new ministry here in the Philippines, where we are seeking to engage people in the marketplace, I am struck by the significance of the work we do as followers of Jesus. Each of us has different talents, skills and abilities; interests and passions; training and knowledge, all of which God desires to use for His glory and to accomplish His purposes. I am sad to say that in the past I have tried to allow Christianity (the Gospel) to be only moderately important in my life and in my work. Perhaps this is a statement you would agree with as well?
Regardless of our vocation (sales, trades, business, industry, services, education, etc.…) or our places of work, if we truly believe that the Gospel is of infinite importance than we must offer all of ourselves, which includes our work, to God to be used for His glory and to assist in the spreading of the Gospel. Anything less would be to say that the Gospel is of no importance at all, because ‘moderate’ it cannot be.
Your life and your work matter to God! I pray that each of us will be challenged to place infinite importance in the presence of the Gospel in our lives and in our work! Why not consider this day, the significance of the Gospel in your life and work? How might we serve God by serving others through our work? We have the ability and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others…let’s not waste it!
“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” – John 6:27 (NRSV)