For many of us, as we frame the Christian year, it is Christmas and Easter that are most significant. Although there are many other important days in the life of the church, now with Advent in the rear view mirror, it is Lent we are anticipating. Likewise, in the sweep of the Bible, for many Christians there are two big events. Especially for many of us who have lived much of life in the Bible belt, those two mega events are, one, sin and two, salvation...or the fall and redemption.
As critical as sin and salvation are to our life as followers of Christ, a two part perspective of the Bible is incomplete. Theologians far more knowledgeable than Clark, proclaim that the biblical narrative, from Genesis to Revelation, is best seen through four parts...creation, fall, redemption, and restoration.
The creation account of Genesis 1 and 2 are so important because it answers the big questions of: who is God, who does He say I am, and why do I do what I do? Since we are not beamed up to heaven when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the restoration narrative provides light on our lifetime of work.
Think of the work you do after becoming a Christian. Do not think of work narrowly as what you do for financial compensation. Rather think of work as contribution, i.e. stay at home parent, family caregiver, student, retired, as well as being in the marketplace.
God at this very moment, right here in river city, wants to use your contribution to help renew this old planet earth.
Take time to pray about how your work, as contribution, is aligning with God’s great restoration initiative. Until Christ’s second coming, the biblical narrative tells us, in every season of our lives, our contribution through ‘work’, should be helping renew the kingdom of God, here on earth.
Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 @ 3:36 PM EDT