AGENDA: Following to the Letter of Christianity
Byline: BISHOP URQUHART
Last Sunday was Vocation Sunday - a time when the Church encouraged people to reflect on their role as co-workers with God in the world.
One of the basic understandings of Christianity is that Jesus calls all his followers to participate in establishing God's rule of justice, peace, love and joy.
I was recently asked to reflect on the route my life has taken as a follower of Christ at a talk entitled 'From BP to Bishop'.
Perhaps some there expected to hear that God called me from a 'secular' occupation into a 'Christian' way of life as a clergyperson. But what I actually spoke about was my calling in BP and how I lived out my vocation to be part of that business, at that time.
For me there are five marks of someone living out their vocation, as a disciple of Jesus Christ in whatever context they find themselves. And, as you would expect from someone who preaches for a living, they all begin with the same letter!
The first is Excellence. As people who are participating in God's continuing work of creation we seek to excel. We do not put in half measures or remain content with mediocrity but reflect God's generosity, creativity and graciousness.
Next comes Ethics which means implementing our values in everything from our expense accounts to international trade.
Ethics in our professional dealings are followed by Engagement which is about the relationships we build at work.
Someone who is following the example of Jesus Christ devotes time and energy into building friendship and is often someone who becomes visible as a trusted and appreciated colleague. …