Posted tagged ‘Daily Devotions for the Workplace’

WHO DO YOU REALLY WORK FOR?

October 30, 2014

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10, NIV)

Community

In order to live our lives to the fullest, we need to be in community with other believers. The “Church” can never truly be the church if we aren’t connected to one another – and to Jesus Christ. Keep in mind that the “Church” is not a building or any particular denomination, but it is the people gathered together in the name of God – the Holy Spirit – to follow Christ and His teachings. There are many ways in which the church is supposed to reach out, but one very important way is through our various communities – one of those is our place of employment.

The Apostle Paul gave us a framework. He wrote that we must be devoted to one another. We must make other people a priority in our busy lives, setting them above and ahead of other things, honoring them above ourselves. In Philippians 2:3-4, NIV, Paul drives home that same point again: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Paul also wrote that we must commit to honesty and transparency (Ephesians 4:25, NIV; 2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV) and accountability (Galatians 6:1-2, NIV). Community doesn’t work without these important ingredients. It just doesn’t! And we must not presume we know how to “fix” each other, but rather we need to trust the Holy Spirit to do everything that needs to be done (Romans 12:3, NIV). When we offer to “fix” someone else, we can do damage – spiritual and relational – without meaning to. It’s so much better to listen and ask open, non-judgmental questions. Most important, we need to pray - something else the Bible says we must do together – a lot!

We must encourage one another to live boldly and confidently in our faith, supporting each other along the way. We must stand with one another, helping each other through hardship, so that no one falls away when things get tough (Romans 22:12, NIV, Galatians 6:2, NIV).

What does all this mean in today’s workplace? It simply means that, although we may be working for a human boss, we are ultimately working for our Lord and Savior. We need to support one another in everything we do. And we need to view our workplace as one of God’s venues to bring others closer to Him.

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

GET TOGETHER!

October 27, 2014

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20, NIV)

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We often find it hard to get together with other Christians – or anyone else for that matter. We’re just way too busy. Our calendars are always full: “I just don’t have time for anything else.” Our pride takes control: “I’m good. I’m doing just fine on my own.” Our aversion to vulnerability is strong: Oh, man. I’m just no good at opening up.” As followers of Jesus Christ, though, we must gather – not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:25, NIV).

But … why? Why is it so important for us to get together with other Christians? There are a couple of really good reasons. Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us that “two are better than one”. We are stronger, less vulnerable, together. If one strays, the other is there to help get him back on course.

If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up” (Ecclesiastes 4:10, NIV).

More importantly, Jesus tells us that He is present when we gather in His name (Matthew 18:20, NIV). You see, the Holy Spirit dwells within each follower of Jesus (John 14:17, NIV). When we gather in His name, the power of the Holy Spirit fills the room. Confessions are made, sins are repented, love and compassion are expressed, hearts are healed, encouragement is given, lives are transformed. We are lifted up – up out of sin and rebellion – into a new life, a new identity, and a new calling. The work of the Lord is done that just cannot be done in isolation.

Don’t ever allow yourself to believe that you are too busy to get together with other Christians. There are probably others in your workplace or in your customer base that would enjoy an opportunity to share the Lord and their faith with someone else. Take the time, and the initiative, to seek them out. Don’t let your calendar, pride, or fear get in the way of your relationship with our Savior!

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! … For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133:1-3 NIV)

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

LIGHT UP YOUR WORKPLACE!

October 23, 2014

“You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14)

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Are you in the right job, following the proper career path, living in the right city? How can you be certain that God has you where he wants you? The strongest evidence is simply that we’re there. He knows where we are. He sees us (Luke 12:6-7). He is always with us (1 Corinthians 3:16). He has a plan for each of us. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).  So where we are now – no matter where that may be – is no accident. Until we hear differently, we’ve got to assume that where we are is where He wants us to be – for His reasons, and for His purposes.

One of those purposes, if not the main one, is to bring “light” into our regions of influence and impact (Matthew 5:14). Jesus tells us not to hide the light that radiates from us when we follow Him.let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Our light begins to dim when we get too comfortable with the places where we work and live. Our light is extinguished when we succumb and begin to follow our worldly desires instead of those ordained by Christ. We need to resist the worldly beliefs and values that so many of us tend to follow. We need to remember who we are – as Christians.

We follow Christ! Our values are His values! We believe in Him! That is the belief we live by!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

BRING JESUS TO WORK WITH YOU!

October 13, 2014

“the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” (Luke 22:26, NIV)

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We devote so much time and hard work to our own advancement. We strategize, we plan, and we put our heads down and grind our way to the “top.” Somewhere deep down within us there is something that drives us toward securing greatness – of some kind or another – for ourselves. Maybe it’s on a small scale. Maybe on a large scale. Maybe in our work, our communities, or maybe even in our faith. But, because of our human nature, that drive just exists within us.

The twelve Apostles (all human by the way) had this drive, too. In the upper room, a dispute arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the “greatest.” But Jesus intervened and taught them (and us) that this inner drive must be refocused. “But I am among you as the one who serves” (Luke 22:27, NIV). Shouldn’t we be trying to become more like Jesus in everything we do? His life was designed to be a blueprint for our lives. We must follow it and no other. We must reject all blueprints drawn by our pride, or envy, or selfishness.

Refocusing this drive, away from ourselves and toward lifting those around us, is one of the most important things we can do. When we do this successfully, others begin to see Christ in us. Our lives will move from being self-centered to being compassionate, generous, merciful, and loving – all characteristics which help define the nature of Jesus Christ.

Serving others is a better way to live – better for God, better for us, and better for those we are to love and serve. Look around you today, and this entire week, for people who are in need. Perhaps they need encouragement, or someone to talk to. Perhaps they need someone who will listen to them. Maybe they just need someone to acknowledge them – a smile, a “good morning”, an “atta boy.” Bring Jesus to them through you. It’s important to honor Him in everything we do!

 Work for Christ

Have a blessed day, “Working for Christ!”

IS CHRIST ALIVE IN YOUR WORKPLACE?

September 10, 2014

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV)

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The things that matter most in a Christian’s work life are not the same things that matter to the rest of the world. It’s not the dollar amount of their paychecks, the impressiveness of their business cards, the prestige they have earned within their trade, or the position they hold within their company. It’s not even about their productivity or the quality of their work – although hard work is certainly an honorable pursuit. Instead, when it comes to their jobs, what matters most is the extent to which they model themselves after Christ from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday.

When we attend church on the weekend, we are taught to become more like Christ in the way we live. The problem we encounter is that our intentions are good, but our minds become altered somewhere between Sunday and Monday. The realities of work often keep us from becoming Christ-like at our jobs. Some of these realities are work related, some are simply human nature, but all of them force God out of the forefront and onto the back burner. By Tuesday or Wednesday, our thoughts of God and living for Christ may have completely faded away.

From my experience, that’s a source of frustration for many Christians. We struggle with it. We feel guilty about it. We may even recommit to do things differently, but somehow we manage to backslide and  leave Christ out of our lives – just when we need Him the most!

Perhaps you too have had personal experience with this. Maybe you’ve made some effort to apply your faith in the workplace, only to be discouraged by the results. Perhaps you’ve even reached the point of concluding that real, enduring change is hopeless. It’s not. It’s just a matter of seeing things more clearly – maybe for the first time in your life. And then it’s simply a matter of cooperating with God to defeat the things standing between you and our Savior.

What’s keeping you from being more Christ-like in your job and in your career? What are the barriers that stand in your way? Ask God to give you the strength you need to become more like Christ in your workplace! Your job is an important mission field. Keep Christ “alive” twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week!

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Enjoy your Wednesday, “Working for Christ!”

NO TURN ON RED – IT’S THE LAW!

July 16, 2014

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-24, NIV)

No Stop on Red

Red light cameras are becoming more and more popular here in the Orlando area. The other day, I was sitting at a red light in the right lane when an emergency vehicle pulled up behind me with its lights flashing. Although my intention was to go straight (once the light changed to green), I decided to get out of the way and make a right turn – while the light was still red. I thought I did the right thing. A couple of days later, I received a letter in the mail with a ticket for $268.00 for turning right on red when there was clearly a sign that indicated “NO TURN ON RED”. What was missing in the photograph? Right! THE EMERGENCY VEHICLE. I called the number on the ticket and was told that I could either pay the fine or take it to court. Either way, I lose. I’m frustrated because a penalty will have to be paid even though my infraction was unintentional and truly non-existent.

For the ancient Jews, a violation of God’s laws committed even in ignorance was taken very seriously. The Old Testament recognized and provided for unintentional sins through appropriate sacrifices: “If a person sins unintentionally against any of the commandments . . . let him offer to the Lord . . . a young bull without blemish as a sin offering” (Leviticus 4:2-3, NIV).

Old Testament sacrifices were more than a reminder that accidental wrongs have consequences. They were given in anticipation that God, in His grace, would provide atonement even for wrongs we didn’t realize we were doing.

Then came Jesus. His life, and ultimate death, meant that we no longer had to bring sacrifices to the altar. Christ sacrificed Himself for us! God’s grace is far greater than we could ever imagine! Grace is getting what we do not deserve. Because Jesus bore our sins on the cross, He has made us righteous in God’s eyes. This righteousness comes through faith in Jesus; it is given to us by God’s grace; and, best of all, it is free to all who believe.

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

GIVE GOD YOUR LOVE!

July 11, 2014

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5, NIV)

Love God

Deuteronomy charges us to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength. Then along came Jesus. He added the word mind. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30, NIV). In those words, Jesus summed up what God most desires from us.

 We should love God with everything we have and everything we are … Everything!

That helps us change our perspective about the way we live. As we learn to love God with everything, we begin to see our difficulties as Paul described them - “light and momentary troubles” that will help bring us “an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17, NIV)

When we love God with our entire soul, doubts and struggles don’t necessarily disappear, but their effect on us diminishes. Our trials and questions recede as we learn to trust in His ultimate goodness.

The most treasured gift we can give to God is one that He can never force us to give – our love.
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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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