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The Christian Job Description

The Christian Job Description

It’s awesome how inspiration and clarity can hit you every now and again.  It feels like that first breathe of fresh air after you’ve been holding your breathe for a long time.

I think it’s so important to be looking for places to grow and develop ourselves, to fight against that creeping sense that things are ‘okay for now’.  When we start to believe this, our passion fades, energy levels drop, and pessimism, procrastination, and a bad attitude start peeking at us from around the corner.

Whether it’s church service, podcasts, TED talks, school, books, articles, the Bible, or some other avenue of stimulation, look for these, and treasure the times when you are challenged to change, or think differently, or that moment of clarity and understanding crashes over you.

If you haven’t guessed already, this happened to me recently.  I was attending a seminar on a Saturday morning (talk about sacrifice for learning) with Dr. Marv Penner, a professor and youth worker, who was teaching us about at risk youth.  During this seminar, which was phenomenal overall, he threw out a phrase in passing that sent me on a wonderful tangent.

“…this passage is basically the calling of every Christian.”

I immediately jotted down, “The Christian Job Description”, and then went to work analyzing the passage with this in mind.

The results as I’ve foreshadowed already, brought clarity and new vision to both my role as a pastor, but also to our job as Christians.

Interested in what that passage might be yet?

It is the famous passage from Isaiah, that Jesus read when He began His ministry among the people.  What better place to look for our purpose, our job description, as we are all called to be Christ-like, Christ-followers, little-Christs.  Here is that passage; I’ll break it down after you read it.

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. Isaiah 61:1-3

Notice all the phrases that I bolded, taken together it reveals what our purpose is as followers of Christ.  This is what Christ did, and this is what we are to do.

Proclaim Good News
Bind up
Proclaim Freedom
Release from darkness
Proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor (note it doesn’t say proclaim judgement and doom)
Comfort
Provide for
Bestow a
crown of beauty
oil of joy
garment of praise.

Obviously each of these need to be unpacked…I smell a sermon series here, but there is enough just in those words to get an idea of the type of thing we are being asked to do as Christians.

We are in the healing, freeing, telling great things business.  How fulfilling it is to be called to such an amazing job in our world.

If you’re starting to look at that list and get worried because it seems way too hard…GOOD.
That’s exactly what you should feel, because at the end of the day this is God’s work too.

It is in partnership with the Holy Spirit that we can begin to fulfill such a lofty job description, without the Spirit we’re just people trying to behave, and failing I might add.

With the Spirit we are brought into a UNITY of purpose with Jesus and are EMPOWERED to carry out these elements.

May we ask God to send His Spirit more into our daily lives, empowering us to live as He lived.
For His Glory, Amen.

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