How can I pursue justice from my hot desk?
Disillusioned with the daily grind? Amy Ford explores how each of us can begin to pursue justice in our place of work.
The early morning commute on the tube, a day sat behind a keyboard, staring at a screen – all just a few highlights of busy working life. The rhythms of work are often repetitive and leave us feeling so small in the face of the great needs of this world.
Yet, believe it or not, it is possible to pursue justice right from where you are, even sat at your hot desk.
Ultimately, by definition, justice is about setting things right and fair, about pursuing what ought to be and, as Christians, recognising what God intends for his creation. It’s about bringing light to the darkness, love to hatred and flavour to life.
I’m God, and I act in loyal love. I do what’s right and set things right and fair, and delight in those who do the same things.’ Jeremiah 9:24 (The Message)
Ken Wytsma, Founder of the Justice Conference, suggests that ‘Justice is a lens by which we look at and evaluate other things’. It feeds into everything that we do and influences our perspective of the world. “It means that God, who is perfectly just, and who desires justice for all His creation, can ask us to use our unique talents and passions and experiences to pursue justice. Wherever we find ourselves, we can make a difference.’’
Sadly, often the perception of making a difference can be associated with only those who work for a church or volunteer overseas.
Yet, as the quote above suggests, it’s relevant to each and everyone of us. Wherever we may be, we are called to pursue justice using our unique gifts and talents from God – including through our work.
God calls his children into work, into corporate businesses, law, medicine, to name just a few! God loves to have Christians in these workplaces, actively being salt and light to colleagues, loving people as God loves them and harnessing their own resources and gifts to make a difference.
‘Our work is actually God working in disguise through us… God doesn’t need us, but He invites us into what He is doing. God loves others through the work we do, no matter how significant or insignificant it may seem… and He also loves us through the work of others.’ Max Lyons, Working Pastor, Hillsong London
We are invited into what God is doing and it’s through this that God loves others. ‘The Lord is known by his justice..’ (Psalm 9:16) By embracing love and justice we can draw closer to God and begin to understand His heart for people, loving them as He loves them.
So, with this call on our hearts and an anointing for work how can we begin to pursue justice from our desks, our workplaces? How is God challenging you to bring him into your relationships and your projects at work? Here are some suggestions to get you started…
- Love each other: Embrace God’s greatest commandment ‘My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.’ John 15:12. Whether it’s your colleague, your boss, or your housemate how could you show God’s love to them?
- Pray: Pray for your colleagues, your clients, your friends. Ask God help you to understand his heart for justice, to break your heart for what breaks his. Pray for opportunity to pursue justice in your everyday life.
- Embrace generosity: God has blessed you with work and resources, pray and consider how you can be generous with what you have to help bless others. Perhaps through instilling a rhythm of generosity or practicing hospitality?
- Act: Stand-up and have your voice counted through signing a petition or volunteer for a cause close to your heart.
- Buy better: Find yourself reaching for an afternoon sugar pick-me-up? Why not choose something fairtrade, or reuse your mug when getting your next caffeine fix?
As a final encouragement, ‘If it wasn’t possible to change the world God wouldn’t have told us to try’ (Ken Wytsma).
We can each make a lasting positive difference, why not start thinking, start small and start today.
Amy looks after Tearfund’s Impact: Life initiative, encouraging young professionals in London to start a journey of connection, generosity and transformation. It’s an opportunity to support a Tearfund project both financially and in prayer, helping to bring whole life transformation to the world’s poorest.