The vision for Work and Keep is to grow into movement of sorts that will first impress upon pastors and churches the necessity of holistic discipleship that necessarily affects a Christian’s calling and work.
What is holistic discipleship?
Evangelical by conviction, we are bound by the biblical mandate to “make disciples of all nations.” (Mt 28:19-20). But when we look at what it means to make disciples we tend in practice to emphasize personal salvation and tend to ignore the larger biblical storyline of Creation, Fall, Redemption AND Restoration. We stop at redemption in our personal understanding of salvation history. Thankfully there has been a renewed interest in personal holiness, and rightly so, but it is a biblical truth that God is restoring all things and He uses means to accomplish His ends. One of the primary means of common grace He chose to use is work and vocation. The Christian must truly be able to understand and live in light of the Great Commission command to “obey all that I have commanded you.” The Christian must understand how their work and existence in this world is related to being created in the Imago Dei and directly related their life in relation to the Great Commandment (Mt 22:36-40). Most Christians will necessarily spend more time working in a non-Christian context in a ministry that is not Gospel proclamation, and it is no less important to God’s work in the world, so we must not ignore this significant aspect of their lives. C.S. Lewis in God in The Dock, said:
The two methods by which we are allowed to produce events may be called work and prayer…both we try to produce a state of affairs which God ..has not seen fit to provide ‘on His own’. And from this point of view the old maxim laborare est orare (work is prayer) takes on a new meaning. What we do when we weed the field is not quite different from what we do when we pray for a good harvest. But there is an important difference all the same.
A Christian’s vocation, that is, as Martin Luther defined the Christian Life, is how God deems it appropriate to answer prayer in many cases. Let us labor as pastors and churchmen to show them so.
How Can You Get Involved?
- Work and Pray. It is by no coincidence that C.S. Lewis’s quote was used above. One must pray for God to do His will, not human will. Our will is tainted by the poison of self-centered human sinfulness. So we must pray for God’s will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. This will require us to ask by what means might God use to accomplish this movement? Work. The Pastor, theologian, scholar or businessmen who has this same vision and burden might begin by getting in on the work of it.
- Near term work of it. Initially, we are seeking other evangelicals to partner with on this mission. The partnership will look different for some and Lord willing, will leverage each person’s calling and gifting.
- Avenues of Work
- One way is in the formation of a board of like minded brothers in Christ. The hope is to begin discussions together to layout a more clearly defined mission, and target audience all the while catalyzing conversation within our circles of influence.
- Secondly, write for us. Do you have the gift of the pen? a panel of contributors with similar convictions and different experiences will greatly benefit the mission of Work and Keep.
- Tell others. It is simple. Just spread the word. Business person, tell your pastor. College Student, tell your pastor or campus ministry. Seminary student, think about how your future ministry will make holistic disciples and tell your professors. When you talk in coffee shops about theology, why not bring up the Doctrine of Vocation?
- Contact us. we are certainly open to discussion on how we can partner with you as we move forward.
- Pray some more. We make it our prayer that The Lord’s Prayer might be answered through our efforts.
Soli Deo Gloria