Reader: Stephanie Harbour: In the ongoing debate over how to balance work with other life commitments — family, friends, rest, faith — this passage is a much-needed reminder to simply ground ourselves back in the Word. Our calling is clear: to be a “holy priesthood” to those around us, as we decide how to spend our time and juggle our priorities.
843 Acres: Reader’s Choice: How to Lean In at Work
Originally posted on Wednesday, May 14
Highlighted: 1 Pet 1:15
Priesthood: Peter is writing to a group of Christians that is being slandered and falsely accused because of their commitment to Jesus. In the midst of these trials, Peter says that they are to live uniquely in the world: “Since he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.”  They are to transform their affliction into service to the world—a world that does not honor Jesus. Yet they should not think of themselves as victims, but as servants—“a holy priesthood” as Peter says.  How can this priestly calling shape their everyday lives?
Lean In: Don Flow, CEO of Flow Automotive, says, “A priest bears the burden of people by absorbing those burdens and bringing them before God and bringing God’s blessing to the people. Paul made it clear that to fulfill the law of Christ meant to bear each other’s burdens. Both John and Peter call us a ‘Kingdom of Priests.’ As Christian leaders, we must lean into the burdens of the people in our organizations. This means that we must genuinely know the people with whom we work. For Christian leaders, who a person is and what they do are fully integrated. People cannot be reduced to instruments of production.”
Pray: “Christian leadership,” he continues, “requires that prayer be fully integrated into the life of work. The whole world groans with the burden of the fall, and it is our calling to participate in the healing of this world. In prayer, we can lift the burdens of others before God, and we can bring God’s refreshing touch to the world. I believe we are called to pray for the people with whom we interact every day, for His in-breaking into our day, that our organization would be a blessing, that it would do good, that it would be a positive force for shalom, and for God’s blessing, which is the source of all abundance in this world. Prayer is central to the calling of leadership.”
Prayer: Lord, You call us to be holy as you are holy, to live uniquely in our world. As we consider the people with whom we interact daily, we pray that we would “lean in” to our calling to be “a holy priesthood”—bringing their burdens to you and your blessings to them. May we genuinely know other people as relational, not transactional, human beings made in your image. Amen.
About Stephanie: Stephanie lived in New York City for nearly nine years before moving to Old Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband and family last summer. She works for a startup in the skincare space and is the mother to two wonderful boys.