I’m going to try a little something new this time and cover the great learnings that someone else has thoughtfully and excellently elucidated.
In other words, I’m reading about 6 or 7 books simultaneously right now (I know just the nastiest habit… call it A.D.D.) and I’d like to share those outcomes with the world.
The first one is from Doug Spada and Dave Scott’s great little (just over 100 half pages) book called “Monday Morning Atheist.”
First of all, props for a great title; it definitely caught my eye and I’m a total victim for book marketing-in titles and in cover artwork (one reason why I’m messing around with more than 5 books at once right now).
But more than that, the book title caught my eye because I have been hounded by the challenge of what it takes to carry the Sunday morning church experience into the week beyond.
I feel the burden (and danger!) of church simply being relegated to 90 minutes of information transfer, lukewarm musical engagement and surface level community.
I want to be a part of a generational movement where Church is defined as so much more than that.
But the principle has to do with physically being the church and carrying our faith outward.
That’s the essence of Spada and Scott’s great work in this book.
I will briefly highlight their 3 challenges for us as people who leave the church Sunday and go into our workplace Monday (as always, whether that place takes you to corner offices or kitchens):
1. We tend to leave God back at church because we are still hung up on this sacred/secular spiritual divide
I love this reminder so much.
And there are scriptural references left and right but a few of my favorite are:
(God Speaking to Peter in a dream about Jewish/Gentile reconciliation) “The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”- Acts 10:15
(God Speaking to Moses giving him his mission to free a people from captivity) “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” – Exodus 3:5
All the ground on the earth is God’s ground; everything on heaven and earth belongs to God so how can you call it unclean, “secular,” or unholy…?
The major challenge put to the believer is to stop compartmentalizing our lives into sacred/secular, holy/unholy, spiritual/non-spiritual…
As believers we have the Spirit of God within us, that means that wherever we go we at least have the opportunity to make it sacred… to make it holy… to make it spiritual.
2. We tend to take matters into our own hands because we leave God out of our work lives, which results in us feeling alone, isolated and separated from God in our work.
This is your basic truth about how we always try to control things. Since birth we are bent toward this reality.
Because we feel like work is ours to produce and manufacture and manipulate, just like everything else in our lives, we end up refusing to let go and let God.
We don’t give to him what rightfully belongs to him in the first place (the plan, the circumstance… destiny!) and when we do that, the result is actually a greater sense of loneliness in the world.
3. We tend to buy the lie that because our work doesn’t have the coolest mission or vision, that it’s all a waste
This is one of the saddest and most grave of all and it hits my generation with unusual poignancy.
The millennial generation is particularly plagued with finding meaningful work and purpose.
We have this desire to be change agents and cultural movers and shakers, yet when we feel like our minimum wage job doesn’t chalk up to that, we slack off in our pursuit of making a difference or we just up and change jobs altogether.
God wants us to delight in everything we put our hands to, because he delights in it and because when we do, ultimately, that’s an incredible example to the world around us.
The way that Spada ties all of this together is through this very consistent thread around light and darkness.
We have the greatest opportunity, and indeed call to action, to take our faith and our God into our work week and yet most days we walk around like the light of the Lord is virtually non-existent in our lives.
The idea comes most clearly from Matthew 5:
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
That’s the bottom line.
We have to enter into our work week with a newfound sense that we have a very bright light in our lives and others want and need to be a part of that too…
Go ahead and let them in by proving by the way you act, talk and live that its a worthy endeavour, that it’s a beautiful thing, that it’s a life changing force for the greatest good and transformation!