Jesus at Work

Klaus Issler (Jesus at Work « Biola Magazine):

Imagine you were invited to observe that special planning session in eternity past when the Godhead considered creating this world and mapping out a plan for our redemption. Of course this couldn’t happen, but pretend this divine session was like one of our committee meetings. The issue being discussed: What life experiences would best prepare Jesus for his later public ministry, for his distinctive divine-human role as Messiah and Savior of the world?

We might think being born into a priest’s family would provide an excellent heritage for the Messiah, which was the life situation for Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptizer (Luke 1:5–17). Days could be devoted to studying Scripture, prayer and daily access to the temple precincts. Yet Jesus came into a layperson’s family, devoting the bulk of his young adult years to working at a “secular” job.

That seems surprising — particularly in today’s culture, which has widely viewed secular work as less, well, Christian than “full-time vocational ministry.” But as I’ve taken a deeper look at Jesus’ teachings and his own work experience prior to his public ministry, I’ve come to understand that business played a significant role in his life, and continues to play a vital role in God’s ongoing work today. As it turns out, secular work isn’t for second-class Christians after all.

h/t: Acton PowerBlog

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  • timothyrgates

    ‘they that preach the goodnews ought to live of the goodnews,’ most often quoted legitimate passage regarding the financial support of the priesthood, as it follows by ‘they serve temple things.’ yet this Apostle Paul, as well as all of the rest of the early ‘ministers’/’workers’ all primarily supported themselves because they knew how to work and pay the bills, so to speak, whether the other people paid them or not. i have observed where religious leaders are not dependent upon others for their livelihood they’re also not under the control of it, or them – perhaps, to borrow an early american, borrowed also, phrase, ‘freeman/person.’ not that there’s anything wrong with the so-called ‘full-time minister,’ as though any Christian is less than full-time, but one thing for sure, it’s difficult for one in the ministry never having worked elsewhere and paying their way to understand others that do, or for that matter having the respect of those that work 40+hrs a week and come to services, besides doing many other services weekly to empathize with a full-time minister as though they do so much, or even begin to understand. i would still fall back on the Apostle’s words of the primary way a priest earns their living is through the ministry/ministries of the gospel. yet if one is ‘called’ and only goes to school, and then is ordained, not good? i see the same thing in the business world, where people with experience are passed over for those without it but with business degrees. It’s not either, or. Jesus grew in favor with those around him because his empathy was as true as it was real. Also, why many of the same killed him. Empathy they liked, reality was another thing

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