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Regarding Work

Last night, WorkMatters ENGAGE marketplace ministry for Young Professionals had our monthly Gathering. We were blessed to have Mike Rusch share with a roomful of young leaders on the subject of Serving.

Mike is leader at Nickelodeon and also a co-founder of the Cobblestone Project, a non-profit organization with a dream of “a community without need”.

In my preparation to introduce him, Mike sent me the following, which I wanted to share with the world. This is a powerful and thought-provoking perspective on our work:

“Regarding Work…pretty much every “poor” person I’ve met really didn’t want my hand outs.  What they wanted was a job and the dignity that comes with work. I’m finding that the solution to poverty is 1) the reestablishing of support structures (something the church is excellent at) & 2) the ability for people to provide for themselves.  As a result, my passion for work/business has changed from a means for me to have what I want, to a way to create jobs, development and demand for products that allows people to improve their quality of life.”

Process that…what does that mean to you?

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Today you will be…

Can you imagine the feeling he had? He was a criminal, a sinner (like you and me), hanging on a cross. Can you imagine the feeling of hearing Jesus say to you, “…today you will be with me in paradise”?

This is a perspective we may not often take here on this Good Friday.

As I read this scripture this morning, wanting to somehow imagine what Jesus felt 2,000 years ago, the story of this man hanging next to Jesus grabbed my attention. Do you know what was powerful about his story? Even in his sin (like we have), even in his own suffering (like we do at work sometimes)…he had the courage to ask, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

So today, as you do your work on this holy day, maybe in a quiet moment…whisper “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

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I am reading Ephesians this week and this scripture, of course, stood out.          I don’t think it needs more explanation today…

5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.

6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,

8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

Ephesians 6:5-9

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