It was in the news recently that Charles Colson had died. For those not familiar with his story, Colson served as an advisor to former President Richard Nixon back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. he was described by some as President Nixon's "hatchet-man," and was involved in the cover-up of the Watergate conspiracy which led to the president's resignation from office.
But while spending time in prison serving his sentence, Mr. Colson confessed his sins, repented and had a very dynamic conversion experience. He became a devout Christian and, after leaving prison, began devoting his life to prison reform and ministering to others who found themselves incarcerated.
In Colson's book, "Why America Doesn't Work," he tells the story of a man who visited a stone quarry and asked three of the workers what they were doing. "Can't you see?" the first one said irritably. "I'm cutting a stone."
The second replied, "I'm earning a hundred pounds a week."
But the third put down his pick and thrust out his chest proudly," I'm building a cathedral," he said.
Colson writes, "People view work in many ways: as a necessary evil to keep bread on the table; as a means to a sizeable bank account; as self-fulfillment and identity; as an economic obligation within society; as a means to a life of leisure." But he goes on to point out that we are more than social beings and more than simple cogs in the machinery of work.
We are spiritual beings, created in God's image, and we are placed in this world to bring glory and honor to God in every area of life, including our work.
It does not matter what you do: dig ditches, manage a bank, clean houses, teach children, work on an assembly line, or sell insurance. The important thing to remember is that we are building a cathedral. And the most important question we should be asking is: "Is God pleased and honored by what I am building?"
("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)