Perfecting the World
You can have a huge impact on this world without being in fulltime ministry! Did you know that the Jewish people consider work to be worship?
In the Old Testament, one of the primary Hebrew words for worship is avodah. And it also means work. Because they see wealth creation as a virtue and believe they’re partnering with God in the creative process, the Jewish people see work as worship.
The Jewish culture has a concept they call tikkun olam—perfecting the world. They believe we perfect the world by using our God-given wealth to further God’s realm on the earth. And their pursuit of wealth is not just for selfish reasons. They partner it with charitable works.
When we partner with God and live as a blessing to the earth, then it’s not just about becoming some rough, gruff business person. It’s about becoming a godly man or woman functioning by God’s laws of wealth and being a blessing to the world. Often, we believe we are only a blessing when we give. And we are a blessing when we give, but we can do so much more.
Sometimes the only place we see true empowerment is in the area of giving. So we give people a fish—we give a lot of fish! But let’s be crystal clear. There is an empowerment process that happens when you lift people up in their lives economically. It is empowering to enable someone to have their own business or assets. And we honor God when we make these things happen through our position in life. We bring a greater expression of God’s power, grace and anointing into people’s lives. We are a blessing.
The Jewish mindset allows for this. It’s not about: “Can I pay my bills? Can I have more? Can I have this or can I have that?” There’s nothing wrong with being blessed personally, but it’s about how we express that to the world.
Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn, author of Secrets of Wealth Revealed, spoke of tikkun olam quite plainly when he said that religious Jews aren’t supposed to isolate on a mountaintop and meditate, nor take vows of poverty, but they are to interact with the world and elevate the mundane, the traditional meaning of tikkun olam—to repair the world by elevating it to the holy.
When we get involved in the wealth-creation process, we take the mundane and elevate it to the holy—as long as we’re doing it God’s way. God gave us the power to get wealth and to have an impact in our world. It’s not just about getting by until we get out of here. It’s about “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done in the earth as it is in heaven.”
And that is us partnering with God to elevate the mundane to the holy. It becomes us working with God to manifest His Kingdom here and now. What a wonderful way to honor and worship our Lord!