The Main Realm of Stewardship: Work *
To the best of our knowledge, Jesus grew up as an apprentice/carpenter.
He matured and worked. For about 30 years.
I’ll bet He was really good at His craft, too – can you imagine hiring the Son of God to build your stuff? Talk about referrals!
Here’s the point – before embarking on His public ministry – the most important work ever undertaken by any human being – Jesus was a lowly unknown. A laborer.
In the Gospel of John chapter 7, which I have been reading this week, Jesus’ background caused all kinds of perplexity. How did He become so learned? How could one claiming to be God’s Sent One have a history of hanging out in Galilee? Even His brothers weren’t believing in Him. And religious leaders were threatening to kill Him (people have always hated having their positions of influence undermined…there is nothing new under the sun).
Jesus’ path to public influence and God-honoring obedience was paved with humble work. Let us not despise the crucible that shapes God’s servants, even if it seems mundane.
* This series is part of a 12-week study on the topic: Being Stewards of God <— (outline). We’re now in week 6, considering how work (in all its forms and spheres) is the main realm of stewardship. If you’d like to receive these posts in your inbox, just put your email address in the Email Subscription box on the blog’s right sidebar.