How does the former ABC Managing Director describe the way he sought to integrate his Christian faith with his work? At times, Mark Scott admits it was a case of "muddling along".
"I have never heard a sermon or talk in a Christian context about competition. Maybe I have missed out somewhere. Maybe it means that ‘competition’ is not something Christians need to talk about or, want to talk about, in church settings. I suspect it’s the latter".
"How does joyfully and eagerly doing our work well call attention to God’s worth, value and significance? Because this can be selfless work. It communicates that what matters most to me is not how I am advantaged by my work, but how what I do advantages others".
How one simple word conveys not weakness, but confidence. And not a confidence in ourselves but in the Gospel. This is the evangelistic power of the apology.
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“When you work for Jesus, the allure of making your job the object of your worship fades…Not only that, but you also realise it just won’t do simply to slog through your workday…being blind to God’s purposes and thus not caring about your job”. How to avoid the extremes of idolatry and idleness in your work.
At the age of 22 I had completed a Melbourne University Science degree and Post-graduate Diploma of Audiology and entered the workforce with Australian Hearing. I remember my first year on the job, being so keen to apply all the knowledge I had acquired during my training, and being somewhat outraged at what I perceived to be the more laid-back, cavalier attitudes of my supervisors. I was ready to take on the world, keen to make an impact.
Christian faith and workplace ambition – in the minds of some they are an impossible pair. Certainly a young William Wilberforce once thought so. Wilberforce was five years into his political career when he became a Christian, and in the following months seriously considered quitting politics. In his mind, ambition in the political arena could not possibly connect with his new found faith. However thanks to the encouragement of John Newton he remained in politics, determined instead to let his new found passion for Christ shape his political ambitions. Within a year or two he began hearing about an anti-slave trade movement. And the rest as they say is history.
William Wilberforce’s story is not uncommon. Many a Christian has wrestled with how to marry their faith with workplace ambition. So what is ambition and is it inherently ungodly?
Is ambition a dirty word? Is it inherently ungodly and selfish? Or is it appropriate in the life of a Christian? Is there a way to be ambitious that honours Christ? These were the sorts of questions we considered at our second annual Life @ Work conference.
Overlooking the Yarra in Melbourne, we gathered over two nights to hear from four speakers, unpacking the issues surrounding ambition. And what we discovered is that ambition on its own is morally neutral. The key question is, how are we harnessing it?