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making work sacred

The kind of work we do does not make us holy but we may make it holy. However “sacred” a calling may be, as it is a calling, it has not power to sanctify; but rather as we are and have the divine being within, we bless each task we do, be it eating, or sleeping, or watching, or any other. Whatever they do, who have not much of God’s nature, they work in vain. – Meister Eckhart

Meister Eckhart, the 13th century German theologian and mystic, reminds us that there is no work that is more sacred than any other. All work has a sacredness to it, and all work give us the opportunity to grow in God’s grace.

In Eckhart’s view it is the divine spark within each of us that sanctifies the work we undertake, not the other way around. We make the work we do holy by the holiness we bring to it. That’s yet another good reason to do everything to the glory of God, even the most menial of our daily tasks.

 

a dream of authentic community

“I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfill God’s creational intentions.”
John Wesley, How To Pray: The Best of John Wesley on Prayer     

Holiness is not a word we use much in contemporary society. Webster says it means the state of being holy–no surprise there. But there’s many of us that have only the vaguest notion of what that implies.

Again, Mr. Webster states that the best definition of the word “holy” is “Belonging to, derived from, or associated with divine power; sacred.”  Other definitions of the word include: “worthy of worship or high esteem” or “living according to a religious or spiritual system.” There are several other lesser used meanings as well.

So what Wesley was dreaming of, what he was praying for, was a renewal of divine power, a return to a spiritual lifestyle of true community. And even though that 18th century dream might seem quaint to us today, what Wesley yearned for is the answer to many of our world’s greatest and most challenging problems.

No one goes hungry in an authentic community based on living a spiritual lifestyle centered on loving one another more than we love ourselves.

I share Wesley’s dream. And I continue to pray for the day when we have an authentic global community, a community where God’s creational intentions are fulfilled for the entire human family and all of creation.