It’s important for Christians to be in contact with reality. In church we talk a lot about God and His greatness, which is real, and we hear a lot about what missionaries from our church are doing in Africa or Thailand or wherever, which is also real. But we don’t hear much about the ministry of the guy who’s been working in the same accounting firm for 20 years, or the woman who’s done reception at some company for yonks. Consequently, I think young people facing a future in the workplace don’t actually know how it fits in with God’s plan for their life.
Personally, when I think about the prospect of being a teacher one day, and working in the same school for many years, that makes me both excited about the financial security of the situation, but wondering what the impact for God will be. I can help raise great kids into great adults, but I want more than that, I want them to be adults who walk with God. And in a secular state that’s another hurdle to overcome. Assuming that happens. Maybe I’ll end up picking up my guitar and touring the world. I’d like that too :)
But at the end of the day, most Christians aren’t in full time bands, or in Thailand. They’re on the 5th floor of an office building, or working the checkout at the warehouse. Or raising kids, at home or at school. What is their ministry, and do they feel a bit lost about it? I think they may. And I think some serious thought and discussion on the subject could lead to a lot more powerful ministry in their industries.
What do you guys reckon?