At Redemption Tucson we believe that all of life is all for Jesus. In this “All of Life Interview”, Emily Rich talks about how she connects her work as an Occupational Therapist to God’s work. This interview was moderated by Kristin Tovar on Sunday 7/29/18.
Vision for Vocation:
1. Vocation matters to God, from the first pages of Genesis we see that God is a worker. As humans, we are made in God’s image which means we were made to work. Before sin entered the world (the Fall) we see that God gave meaningful work for Adam and Eve to do in the Garden of Eden (the cultural mandate in Genesis 1:28-31 & 2:15).
2. Work has been infected and affected by the Fall/sin–work is hard, difficult, painful, broken, and mundane. But sin has not extinguished the inherent good of work and our call to work unto the Lord (1 Cor. 10:31).
3. We want people to see that work is a primary place they engage culture, build culture, seek the welfare of the city, rub shoulders with non-Christians, and can be salt/light to the world. The largest chunk of our waking hours is spent at the workplace (not at church/doing church things)–we must steward that well and be on mission there!
4. Vocation is valuable not JUST for the relationships we build, the potential evangelism to be had, or the money we make to provide for our family and others. It is surely not less than that but it is so much more. Work has INTRINSIC value and one of the primary goals of these interviews is to help people see the value of their jobs.
Our prayer is that you would connect the dots and see how your work is a vital place for you to live out your faith, be a Gospel presence to a watching world, participate in the mission of God, and love your neighbor! If you have any questions on this feel free to email Stephen Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org