That time I preached on co-laboring with Christ and discovering our lifework.
My church, Austin Mustard Seed, is my favorite. I love these people. I love our midweek meetups. I love our liturgy. I love that we talk about the working out of the mystery of Christ, right here, right now, every single week.
I preached for the first time on January 5th, 2014 and then was invited to preach again in June. Ephesians 3:1-13 was the text. There is so much there. But what jumped out at me was this idea of lifework. And I wondered, "Can we be as clear about our lifework as the apostle Paul was about his?"
A few of the quotes I shared:
“Let’s be clear, God builds God’s kingdom. But God ordered his world in such a way that his own work within that world takes place not least through one of his creatures, namely, the human beings who reflect his image.” — NT Wright
“The next Christians believe that Christ’s death and resurrection were not only meant to save people from something. He wanted to save Christians to something. God longs to restore his image in them, and let them loose, freeing them to pursue his original dreams for the entire world. Here, now, today, tomorrow. They no longer feel bound to wait for heaven or spend all of their time telling people what they should believe. Instead, they are participating with God in his resurrection project for the whole world.” — Gabe Lyons