[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
Lectionary reading: Ephesians 5: 8 -14
For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light -- for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.
Excerpt from Rediscovering Values:
In our many faith traditions, work is central. We speak of "God's work" and the need to make that our own. Our greatest religious traditions all teach us that God works. As beings created in [God's] image, we reflect not only on God's capacity for work, but that work is a primary part of our identity and our reflection of God's image. The work of our hands is one way of offering worship back to God. And, indeed, we are to see ourselves as coworkers with God, helping to accomplish the purposes of God in the world.
We, who were once in darkness, are now able to see the light of Christ. Because of this, we are urged to not only refrain from works of darkness but to expose them. How have you seen or not seen the church exposing darkness in the current economic crisis?
[This post is excerpted from A Lenten Study Guide for use with Rediscovering Values.]
Jim Wallis is the author of Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery, and CEO of Sojourners. He blogs at www.godspolitics.com. Follow Jim on Twitter @JimWallis.