Missional Work (Take Five)

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Missional Work (Take Five)

Whether we are artists, business people, stay-at-home parents or even paper salesmen like the beloved characters from the popular TV show, The Office, we are called to think deeply about our work and our calling in the midst of our daily routines. What can we learn from Scripture and the example of others as we pursue a missional life? This week’s Take Five wrestles with these questions and gives us food for thought as we engage culture and the church in vocation and calling.

“Why don’t people heartily engage in mission? This is not a new question and I won’t propose any new answers. However, the question is perennially important to consider and answer. When I say “mission” I mean the mission of the church, specifically, the making and training of disciples (Mt. 28.19–21).” Keep reading here.

“A recovery of the arts is also needed because the arts are a vital sign for the church. Francis Schaeffer once said: ‘For a Christian, redeemed by the work of Christ and living within the norms of Scripture and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the lordship of Christ should include an interest in the arts. A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God—not just as tracts, but as things of beauty to the praise of God.’” Finish the post here. 

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“One of the main storylines [of the last season of The Office] has been the marital struggles of Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer), brought on largely by Jim’s pursuit of his dream job at a sports-marketing company in Philadelphia. Although still working part-time at Dunder Mifflin, Jim’s time and energy are focused at his other job. With only a couple of episodes to go, however, Jim decided to drop his Philadelphia job and return to full-time work as a paper salesman, thus reinvigorating his relationship with Pam. In watching these last few episodes unfold, I’ve become convinced that we should think more about what Jim Halpert can teach us.” Keep reading here. 

“And yet, I no longer so quickly rule out that Jesus had a kind of “work” in mind. For one thing, He did use the word, so we must take that fact seriously. And consider your personal experience with God: If you are an inveterate couch potato and you hear the Spirit telling you to get up and serve the kingdom of God, you will recognize that command as work—if you had your druthers, you would stay on the couch with the remote in your hand.” Finish the post here. 

Read an earlier Take 5 here. 

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Dani Nichols
Dani Nichols
Hi, I'm Dani. As managing editor of Trochia, my job is to edit all of our pieces and give our writers guidance with excellence, Biblical truth and gracious storytelling in mind. I love our mission and community here at Trochia and am so honored to work with this incredible team. I'm married to Adam and have beautiful baby girl, Adelay. We live in Oregon and enjoy kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and sharing good food with friends and family.
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  • Michael Banka
    May 31, 2013 at 7:38 am

    The operative words from Schaeffer are: “For a Christian, redeemed by the work of Christ and [living within the norms of Scripture] and [under the leadership of the Holy Spirit], [the lordship of Christ] … [emphasis mine].
    We should think deeply on these things, as we search the scriptures, seek Godly council, listen for the Holy Spirit, and do all these things in the power of prayer.

  • Mary Mcdowell Foster
    May 31, 2013 at 12:18 pm


  • Linda Dixon
    May 31, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I think the most incredible examples were the ones shown by the deciples and Paul. Even though the deciples were fearful at first (after Jesus was crucified) – they continued to remember the things Jesus spoke to them about. And the Bible says when Jesus appeared to them and “breathed ” on them they received incredible peace and received the Holy Spirit. John 20: 21-22 And they spent the rest of their lives ” on fire ” for the Lord to get His Message out no matter what the cost. He had gotten close to their hearts, and they received it, and they knew the beauty, peace and Love of following Jesus. Once a person receives that similar closeness to the Lord, just keep looking to Him – leaning on what you ” KNOW ” about him and from Him – and reaching out to others no matter the cost. The deciples and Paul “knew” what was coming for them after this life, and they wanted desperately to share the Gospel with whoever would listen. The last thing Jesus said before He finally returned to His Father in Heaven was … ” Go unto the world . . . and tell them “… Even when some won’t listen – don”t ever give up because they may seem like they are not listening. . . but we are “planting seeds ” – and then the Holy Spirit comes and “waters” those seeds. (we should pray for that watering). Look how far it has come from a few deciples that took in the sweet breath of the Lord – and Paul whom Jesus ” filled ” – and Paul too never stopped trying to reach the world for the Lord. ” In a nutshell ” – learn more and more about Jesus from God”s Holy Word – take it into your heart – and SHARE it . Ask the Holy Spirit to keep “watering” the seeds you plant. May God bless and guide us all.

  • Janet Mcdowell
    November 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    that’s a difficult verse to comprehend, but he gives man freewill.

  • Stephen Therey
    November 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm


  • Dorothy Ingram
    November 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Every minute when I think about His Name and pray, please help me at work. Every time I pray that, I like my job more.

  • Meg N Blalock
    November 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    This is a very, very difficult verse for me.

  • Manuel Bonilla
    November 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm


  • Joyce Thacker Mitchell
    November 16, 2013 at 4:24 am


  • Caroline Mahendrasingh
    November 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Every second in my life s designed by my dear God

  • Evelyn Skinner
    November 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    When I first accepted Christ I got truly and lovingly involved with the youth church in making Wed Bible Study dinners to help raise camp money for the families who couldn’t afford to send their kids to camp and I loved every minute of it.


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