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May 24, 1994

The Work of God (Part Two)

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He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name. PSALM 111:9
It is the nature of God’s work—its completeness, beauty, and power—that brings about the purpose of His work: redemption. The chasm between Creator and creation requires a bridge. And so we see that God is in the business of restoring relationships, building bridges, and preparing His kingdom. We would do well to join Him.
Restoration is hard work. It’s demolition work. There are walls to knock down, debris to sweep up, trash to haul. And there are no shortcuts. The workplace is often full of these projects—and they usually take the form of broken relationships. Building and restoring relationships is an essential activity in any business. We need to clear up misunderstandings. We need to really listen to others. We need to invest time in people. In short, we need to restore relationships.
Building bridges is about understanding. The bridge that God built required that He come down and live among us. He had to experience life on earth for the work to be complete. He had to walk in our shoes, feel our pain, and live our lives. How are we at understanding? Building bridges? Walking in someone else’s shoes? This is all difficult but necessary work.
Ultimately, Jesus’ work was the work of His Father’s kingdom, which He came to establish. It was the focus of His teaching, His death, His resurrection, and His life.
Is our work kingdom work? Are we kingdom-minded? These questions apply more to a frame of mind than to a set of actions. What is our focus? Where is our focus? We all have a choice: our kingdom or His. We need to choose wisely.

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