We are told to ask for it, daily.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
Yet we have turned this process of provision into a golden calf. We run and chase and grasp and strain for enough to fill our barns so we can eat, drink, and be merry. We have turned a good thing into the greatest thing and as such have lost our souls in the process.
Yet before it all fell, before the world was broken in half, before communion was interrupted and paradise was lost, it was here.
It wasn’t 9 to 5. It wasn’t a burden.
It was mission and purpose and partnership. It was an assignment to apply our human creativity to the glory of creation. It was beautiful and it was good.
But like all things, the nature of man has tarnished the beauty of our intended purpose and work has lost its luster. Just as the earth groans awaiting restoration so work awaits its final reconciliation.
Our days are full of labor that seem fruitless. We fold laundry, wipe noses, occupy cubicles, complete tasks and return tomorrow to find a larger mess than we left today. Yet, for those of us who follow Jesus we can see past the apparent futility.
Our world is subjected to entropy and decay. Our tasks seem pointless and we question the value of our efforts. But for those of us who follow Jesus, we know the cause of our condition and we know its ultimate Remedy.
Jesus has done more than reconcile us with God. He has started a process that will bring about the reconciliation of all things. Just as he gave us a creative role in the garden, he has given us a reconciliatory role after the fall. He has made us ministers of reconciliation, bearers of his love, workers in his field.
So as you labor, do it with fire in your bones. Not because of what you can earn, not because what they will say, and not because you want to impress. Work because you have been given a great gift. You are an agent of reconciliation right where you are.
You cannot do it alone. Your efforts will be marred with failure, difficulty, setback, and pain. But regardless of how large or small your contribution appears, you are part of the ultimate glory that will be revealed at the end of all things. As your work in this way, you declare the hope of the One who is coming, the One who has made you right, the One who has already declared it is finished.
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