Loftness on Work
John Loftness of Covenant Life Church gave a message on work which I listened to recently. Here’s my chicken-scratch notes:
- God gave work to bless us as we serve as His image-bearers. We exercise royal dominion over the earth as God’s representatives.
- “God hides himself at work, waiting for us to find Him there.”
“We sanctify our work by looking for God in our daily responsibilities.”
“Whenever we face a situation that is ‘not good’, we can believe that God is behind it and wants to meet us in it.”
Luther: work is God’s “mask”.
sin — seeking to find good apart from God. God creates lacks, prompts for us to seek Him.
- We sanctify work by embracing it as a place of suffering for God. The cross makes sense of the toil, and sometimes futility, of work. The world is under judgment; the kingdom has come, but not in full. Yet it has come to our hearts. The cross is to inform how we walk — in our own behavior and in our view of others.