As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you… I John 2.27
John reminds his audience that they have received an anointing from God; they have received divine favor, they have been properly equipped, and they are called to restore things according to God’s values, aims and purposes. In other words they have been called to work. There is work in the vocational sense (Our jobs) and then there is work (Mission) which refers to our God given responsibility. This past Sunday Jay mentioned that part of our work (Mission) was to restore work (Job) to its God given place – that it is more than just receiving a paycheck. This does not mean that a paycheck is a bad thing, “a worker deserves their wages,” it’s just not the only thing. We, as people of faith, should be on the front lines of advocating that workers earn fair pay for their labor. However, that is a small portion of what we can and should do. In restoring work to its rightful place our approach to work, our purpose at work and our relationships at work are paramount. We take our anointing into the work place for the work place. And when we do, it is truly God honoring. Our worship, or honor, of God, therefore is not confined to the Church building, by any means, but is lived out in the workplace, in the school, in the gym and in our home. Brothers and sisters, by God’s amazing grace you have been anointed!
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
Two books that you might find interesting on this subject:
- Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
- Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work by Tom Nelson