At Work: Look to the Rock from Which You Were Cut

15 April 2020
Simon Stokes

Look to the Rock from Which You Were Cut 

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and the quarry from which you were hewn – Isaiah 51 1:2.

On the 31st March we were due to launch the LICC ‘Transforming Work’ course for Greyfriars and New Hope, however the Covid-19 situation has put our mission temporarily on hold. 

Every one of us has had to adjust to our work, home, church and social lives dramatically changing. Within just a few weeks our routines and rhythms have had to adapt, for many of us there is no longer a daily commute, no office or workplace to attend, we may be facing employment uncertainty and how we work and interact has become virtual and digital. 

As we find our path through this new normal and come to terms with the changes and unknowns brought on by the pandemic, it I understandable that our faith is also being tested in new ways. Many of us will be searching for meaning and God’s plan with us and for us during this time. Today I pray that Jesus would lead me through the darkness of these days to the light and life beyond, we do not know what that future state will look like, only that Christ will remain unchanged and be our constant.

I am sure we all share similar questions; Why is this happening God? What do you want to teach me through this time? How should I respond? 

I don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to transform my relationship with Jesus, yes to go deeper, but also to build a stronger foundation of trust. There is fear in uncertainty, especially when it relates to our work and incomes, so learning to trust more in Jesus through all that is changing has become a relationship imperative. 

We should also be reminded that our true work is not our job, our true work is to look after each other, seek God’s purpose and live that out in our lives. Although we cannot be together in person to encourage, share, and pray for our work and financial wellbeing. I personally wanted to (virtually) stand alongside anyone who is concerned about their employment, work colleagues, or company, anyone who wants to talk about or receive prayer for a specific work situation. 

We were unable to launch Transforming Work at this time, however every one of us is being transformed by the change surrounding us. So, to encourage you, ‘look to the rock from which you were cut and the quarry from which you were hewn’.            In 1 Peter 2: 4-6 we read that Jesus is the living Stone, a chosen and precious cornerstone. It is a great reassurance to know we have all been hewn from that same quarry.

I will be posting a regular Transforming Work blog, so you will be hearing more from me in the coming months as we journey together through this unfamiliar terrain. In the meantime if you would like to have a conversation, receive prayer, or contribute what God has been teaching you about transforming work at this time, please do email me on simonp_stokes@btinternet.com.

In closing, a word of encouragement from Philippians.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14