The exercise below is designed to help you consider, in deeper ways, how your work aligns with God’s work in the world. The exercise emerges from the thinking of Australian faith and work theologian Robert Banks. We call it the Six Strands.
Reflection: Choose a particular role and spend a few minutes reflecting on how that role intersects with each of these 6 strands of God’s work in the world:
In what way is your work in this role linked to God’s providential work, “all that God does to maintain the universe and human life in orderly and beneficial fashion”? How does your work contribute to the continued smooth functioning of society?
In what way is your work in this role linked to God’s redemptive work, “God’s saving work”, the pivotal work that he does? How does your work contribute to promoting good and holding back evil? In what ways does your work bring about reconciliation: between us and God, each other, or us and creation?
In what way is your work in this role linked to God’s creative work, “because God has planted within us the capacity to create “?How does your work take the stuff of creation and make something new? How do you use your creative gifts in your work?
In what way is your work in this role linked to God’s compassionate work, which includes but is not limited to “the helping professions”? How does your work demonstrate God’s love, care and desire to heal and free?
In what way is your work in this role linked to God’s revelatory work, revealing more about himself and his ways? How does your work contribute to the revealing of truth, enlightenment and wisdom?
In what way is your work in this role linked to God’s justice work, going beyond simply treating people equally? How does your work address the brokenness in our world? How does your work particularly protect and empower the vulnerable in society?
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For more information on the six strands read Robert Banks chapter “The Place of Work in the Divine Economy: God as Vocational Director and Model” in his book, Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace (pp.18–29).