Archive for November 2012

DON’T HIDE YOUR LOVE!

November 30, 2012

God is hidden in our vocations. He is hidden in our friends, our families, and our neighbors.

In His account of the final judgment, Jesus surprises both the sheep and the goats with the revelation that they had dealings with Him when He was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick, and in prison. It turns out, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40, NIV)

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Thus, Christ is hidden in our neighbors, our bosses, and our co-workers, particularly those who are in need. What motivates us to love them is to see Christ in them. Some of our bosses and co-workers may not be very lovable, but Christ loves them and died for them, just like He did for you and me. And, if they are fellow Christians, He lives in them through the same Holy Spirit that lives in us – the same Holy Spirit that we share with Christ Jesus. How could we not love them?

This concept surely applies in our vocations. The farmer and others feeding the “hungry” are feeding Christ. The mother dressing her baby is clothing Christ. The nursing home attendant is taking care of Christ. Employers and employees, husbands and wives, rulers and subjects, pastors and laypeople, and whoever our “neighbors” are in our vocations – we are all to see Christ in one another.

He accepts what we do for others just as if we had done it for Him. It turns out that when we love and serve our neighbors, we are loving and serving Him.

Don’t hide your love this Friday. It is a gift from God and should be shared with everyone around you.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

ARE YOU PLUGGED-IN?

November 29, 2012

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”. (Acts 1:8, NIV)

I’ve done it before, and I bet you have too. I tried everything I could think of to get a certain piece of equipment to work, but had absolutely no luck. I tried several times and was about to take it back to the store when my wife asked, “Did you plug it in?”

Did I plug it in? Oops! I forgot to plug it in!

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We can do all the troubleshooting in the world to find the problems with our jobs, our bosses, and our co-workers, but if we’re not plugged in to God – specifically, to the Holy Spirit – there is no way to keep the “lights” on. He is our source of strength. Without that connection, we are powerless, destined to work in the dark. The Holy Spirit is the true and abundant source of power needed for running everything in our life, for making changes to our character, and for keeping the lights on in our work life.

Forgetting to plug-in the toaster or any appliance can be a bit embarrassing. Forgetting to plug-in to God can be disastrous.

Make sure that you are “plugged in” this Thursday. Begin your day with prayer. Open your heart to God and ask for the Holy Spirit to fill you and empower you as you pursue your spirituality at work.

God promises that you are never alone and that He will work through you. We know that God will not abandon us, no matter how high or how low we feel, no matter how difficult things become, and no matter how self-sufficient we think we are. He is always there for us, with us, and ready to work through us. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, NIV)

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

MORE THAN A CARPENTER!

November 28, 2012

Jesus was a carpenter. He worked most of His life in a very low-profile job; all but two or three years of His adult life were spent doing manual labor. His reputation was impeccable; people referred to Him as “Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth”.

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By studying Jesus’ life, we begin to understand how God values us when we spend our time working. When Jesus – the carpenter – was baptized, His heavenly Father said, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17, NIV)

Jesus had yet to give His Sermon on the Mount, or feed the five thousand, or change the water into wine. He had just spent the past thirty years of His life working with wood and stone, getting His hands dirty every day, and God said that He was well pleased. Amazing! In other words, Jesus was obedient in the way He served God through His work and His life. As a result, He pleased God!

Although Christ fulfilled His ultimate purpose on the cross, His work as a carpenter had spiritual significance. He showed us how to make our work meaningful. He taught us that no job is too plain or worldly to God when it’s done for His glory. The motivation behind our work is what makes it important. When our focus is spiritual, we’re able to find the greater purpose and intention in our work.

We can have confidence, no matter what we do, that God is satisfied with our work when it is done for His glory. No matter how lofty the job, no matter how lowly the task, God finds value in our work when we do it for Him. Whatever we do, if we do it for God, it’s worthwhile. It’s that simple!

Enjoy your Wednesday, “Working for Christ”!

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LET THE CONVERSATION BEGIN!

November 27, 2012

“For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16, NIV)

God made everything in creation. Everything in the world, everything in your life – it’s all His.

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Many of us are confused. We want God to jump down out of the clouds, stand before us, and tell us exactly what He wants us to do for Him while we are here on earth. We want Him to be specific. We want Him to speak to us with a human voice so there is no doubt about what our mission should be. And, for some strange reason, we most often feel like He wants us to do something within our church such as evangelism, or maybe join the church staff, or perhaps go on a mission trip. There’s nothing wrong with any of these things.

We may never stop to consider the fact that God has already placed us in our mission field. He has already spoken to us using human voices. He uses the authors of the bible to speak to us. Paul wrote to the Christians living in the city of Corinth, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31, NIV) That’s not the “Word of Paul” – it’s the Word of God! He wants us to make sure that there is no division in our lives between our relationship with God and what we do on a daily basis.

God created all of life; all of life is spiritual. We spend more time working than we do in any other activity. Our work is a divine mission for God! There’s no need to wait around for God to jump out of the clouds and speak to you. Simply open up your bible and let the conversation begin!

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Enjoy your Tuesday, “Working for Christ”!

BE GENEROUS WITH YOUR TIME AND TALENTS!

November 26, 2012

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”  (2 Corinthians 9:6, NIV)

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Have you ever heard the expression; “You reap what you sow?” If you arrive late to work every day, take long lunches, leave early, pass your work on to someone else, and spend hours playing on the internet during the time you are supposed to be working, you’re sowing some pretty bad seed, and you’re not giving God the respect He deserves.

God wants to bless us, but if we show a lack of integrity on the job, we disrespect Him. He gives us the talents and skills to do our work. He has placed us at our jobs to serve Him, not ourselves. “But”, you say, “you don’t understand. My company treats everyone poorly. They don’t pay me enough for what I do, so I’m going to give them only what they pay me for. That seems fair to me”. That may be true – your employer may not pay you very well, but that doesn’t give you the right to give sparingly to your employer. By doing so, you are giving sparingly to God.

No matter how badly you feel your company is treating you, give it everything you have every day. Do your work as if Jesus was your boss. Earn your paycheck, and show God the respect He deserves. Before you know it, you’ll reap a generous harvest of blessing from our Savior!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

WORK IS WORSHIP!

November 23, 2012

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24, NIV)

Most of us spend over half our waking hours at work. Yet, how many of us view work as a form of worship to God?

God created us to work, and like everything else in our lives, it can bring glory to God and help us connect to our purpose. Click on the  link below and be inspired to worship God today at work!

(video courtesy of rightnow.org)

Enjoy your Friday, “Working for Christ”!

 

FLIP THE SWITCH!

November 21, 2012

“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end …” (Isaiah 43:1–2, The Message)

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Many Christians are fumbling through their lives and their jobs without God. What has happened? Why do we think we can go through life without including God every step of the way? All too often, the demands of our jobs pull us away from what God wants for us. We slowly drift away by making poor choices and developing bad habits that may seem harmless in the beginning – like stretching the truth about hours on a time sheet, working late while family members’ needs go unmet, or simply getting so focused on work that we no longer have time to consider the most important things in our lives.

We have conditioned ourselves to work without God. We work as if we are on our own, like everything depends on us. We’ve turned God off. His light no longer shines where we work. We stumble, get disoriented, and oftentimes we hurt ourselves. It’s no wonder why work feels so empty and often causes so much pain in our lives.

But wait! We don’t have to leave God at church on Sunday. It is possible to bring Him to work with us on Monday and throughout the rest of the week. Jesus made it very clear, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10, NIV) It’s a life that leads to joy and fulfillment, and a power that comes from the desires of a loving and merciful God.

It’s important for us to include God in our daily activities – all of our activities, including our jobs. When things seem dark, remember to turn on the light! It’s much easier to see where you’re going when the light is coming from within you!

“God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7, NIV)

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Turn on the light this Wednesday. Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!


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