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In an election year there are certain themes that are bound to enjoy national prominence, including economic issues like unemployment. The monthly and quarterly figures may be spun as good news or bad news. But here is undeniable good news: there is no unemployment in the kingdom of God!  

When I say the kingdom of God, of course, I don’t mean heaven -- I’m not thinking of our destination after this life in this world is over. Rather, I’m thinking of our participation in God’s kingdom in the midst of this world and our participation in God’s work during this life. I can’t speak to the work there may be to do on the other side, but here there is plenty to be done. Indeed, it seems that there is more work than there are workers to do it! And so heaven has put up the “Help Wanted” sign. 

That heaven should want our help, of course, is a certain sort of remarkable. Does the resumé of the human race since Eden really recommend us? Are finite and fallen creatures the best employees when it comes to the holy and eternal work of God?  

One would think that, with important work to be done, the Lord would rely on angels instead of you and me. Or, for that matter, you’d think he would do it himself. Seriously. After all, in what task does Almighty God really require assistance?  

Yet this has been his gracious and sovereign choice from the beginning. From the day the Lord made human beings in his image and gave them dominion, from the day he entrusted them with tending the garden and naming the animals, God has employed us in his work. And though we might have disqualified ourselves by sin, his will did not change. He continues to engage us in the work of justice, redemption, healing, reconciliation, evangelism, and on and on.   

This week’s three scripture lessons invite us to think about God’s work and ours. We will be reminded of what work we need to do. And, at another level, we’ll be reminded of what work we don’t....

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