Jesus Christ is establishing his eternal Kingdom here on earth. He planned this Kingdom before the beginning of time, founded it through his physical presence in his first advent, and continues to build it up through the work of his Holy Spirit this very day. He is the King of the Kingdom to which we are given citizenship. Though we may not see it, we carry a spiritual ID card attesting to our citizenship in God’s Kingdom. We were there, represented by the 12 disciples and other followers of Christ as he ascended to heaven. As he was taken up by the clouds, he tasked us with the job and privilege of working on his field though the power of his Holy Spirit while we wait for his glorious return.

Our acceptance into his Kingdom, though tragic and unfathomably mysterious since it involved the sacrifice of the King himself, is not the end of our run in the grand design of God the Father. Instead it is the beginning. The question of what to do with our life and how to serve God’s Kingdom using our profession is something that we regularly grapple with. Whether we are still in school or out working in the real world, whether we are doctors or art critics, we are invited to bring our profession to the service of God’s Kingdom. In Sherol’s words, God is working to reclaim all fields of study and profession to their intended plan in his Kingdom, and we are called to be his workers and ambassadors to our respective professions.

This is easy to say in principle, but difficult to make a reality where we feel like we are serving God though our profession. The purpose of this group is to discuss these issues. In our first meeting, two important points were raised. The first one is that whether we feel called to our profession or not, we are invited to be witnesses of God to our profession. In the day-to-day practical terms what this means is living out our Christian life with openness and integrity. But this is not a very easy thing to do especially if our profession is very secular. That is why we need the support and encouragement of one another.

Kassa, March 2012