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There are no Ordinary Believers

In Three Spiritual Steps to Building a Business, Rabbi Daniel Lapin wrote:

“Your work is one of the most interesting things about you. That is why folks on airplane trips nearly always make the first question they ask their seatmates, ‘And so what do you do?’ The question is, ‘How do you help humanity?’”

I prefer to think of what I do in my business is helping humanity, but at the end of the day, I’m just as interested in running a profitable business. I try not to separate “work” and “service.”

Why do Christians continue to compartmentalize their work and their “good works?”

I’ve been dwelling on and praying through Ephesians 2:10: “We are God’s masterpiece (‘workmanship’ in some translations). He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things that he planned for us long ago.”

In its full context, it’s the conclusion to this life-changing truth: you are saved as a gift by grace, not as a reward for how hard you work.

You weren’t created to have a day job, and to have a separate way in which to do good works.

Work is a gift. Who you are and what you do, (or are planning to do), has been redeemed as part of God’s greater purpose.

My colleague Steve commented “Always love your pics, Brian… an amazing eye for the unordinary.” I appreciate the compliment, and his comment made me think about how God views his masterpieces and workers.

We are not surrounded by the extraordinary. We’re surrounded by the ordinary, with the opportunity to see the world in an unordinary way. We must have a perspective that is not our own.

You must see your work from the place where God has placed you. Sometimes you are on stage, and sometimes you’re in the seats. Sometimes you are the leader, and sometimes you’re following.

In every circumstance, you are a participant, not simply an observer. You have been redeemed and created to do the good things God planned for you. Don’t be a reluctant leader or fearful observer. It’s time to get out of your seat and get your hands dirty in the ordinary things of life.

Your work, no matter what you do, is worship. Don’t think of it as anything less.

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