The Chair and the Desk, 1/22/16

From the chair:

“And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

-Acts 7:59-60

Stephen is the first person we know of dying for Jesus, and his last words make it clear that he wanted to die like Jesus. Luke, who wrote Acts, also wrote the Gospel of Luke, which records Jesus saying “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34) and “Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit!” (Luke 23:46). If we would follow Jesus like Stephen, we must adopt a new relationship with God the Father, one in which we entrust all things to him, even justice, even ourselves.

From the desk:

“When we have got so far, we may begin to suspect that the ‘problem of Unemployment’ is not stubble in the terms in which it is set; and that what we ought to be asking is a totally different set of questions about Work and Money. Why, for example, does the actor so eagerly live to work, while the factory-worker, though often far better pay, reluctantly works to live? How much money would men need, beyond the subsistence that enables them to continue working, if the world (that is, you and I) admired work more than wealth? Does the fact that he is employed fully compensate a man for the fact that his work is trivial, unnecessary, or positively harmful to society: the manufacture of imbecile and ugly ornaments, for instance, or the deliberate throat-cutting between rival manufacturers of the same commodity? Ought we, in fact, to consider whether work is worth doing, before we encourage it for the sake of employment? In deciding whether man should be employed at a high wage in the production of debased and debasing cinema films or at a lower wage in the building of roads and houses, ought we to think at all about the comparative worth and necessity of bad films and good houses?”

-Dorothy Sayers, The Mind of the Maker (HarperOne, 1987 ed.), p.204

“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.


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