Ken Boa is one of the smartest and yet most humble men I have been privileged to learn from. Check out Ken’s website for a host of great resources that will aid you in your spiritual development. In Ken Boa’s recent Reflections Teaching Letter he published a prayer for work entitled “Work as a Mode of Worship.” I pass it on for your consideration.
You have called me to participate in Your purposes through the work I have been given to do during my earthly sojourn. May I do my work with care and excellence in the desire to be pleasing to You. I realize that all things become spiritual when they are done in Your Name. May I honor You in my choices and activities and view the works of my hands as a mode of worship. I want whatever I do in thought, word and deed to be honoring to You and edifying to others. I ask for a clearer sense of purpose and calling and for the power to accomplish that for which You have placed me on this earth.
May it be true for all who bear the name of Jesus in our daily work.
If you are a pastor, the average executive sitting in your congregation on Sunday morning thinks your world and his world are vastly different. Having worked on both sides of the pulpit, I can tell you that there are of course differences, but leading a church with multiple staff members is not as different from leading a business as many think. Nonetheless, most business leaders don’t see the relevance of what you say on Sunday to their work–with devastating results to their spiritual lives.
I encourage you to check out a blogsite I recently discovered. In four recent posts entitled “Shrinking the Camel” you’ll hear an executive’s frustration in his attempt to connect his Monday work to his Sunday worship. Here’s a sample:
“In all the years that I have been a Christian, I have never been exposed to a framework for exploring career growth and financial security in the context of Christian spirituality. It seems like there is a huge gaping hole in the Christian sub-culture that leaves ambition, career and the pressures of the workplace out in the cold, out in the spiritual hinterlands or subject to the devil’s domain.”
You’ll Find the Shrinking Camel here.
people think of the heroes of the Bible as religious leaders, yet 75
percent of these champions of faith made their living in the workplace, not the
place of worship. God is looking for these kinds of leaders
today—work-world followers of Jesus who take spiritual responsibility
for themselves and those around them. People committed to
shaping—instead of becoming shaped by—their environment. People who
remain faithful in the midst of faithless surroundings. People willing
to lead and influence culture against seemingly insurmountable odds.
This is the kind of
spiritual leader we need today, not “rock star” pastors, but “ordinary”
Christians who take their Lord and their spiritual impact seriously.
That’s my kind of hero.