DO THE MATH!

Where do people spend most of their time? Where do they have the greatest opportunities to influence others? Where do they face the most troubling issues? It’s not the church or even the home. It’s the workplace!

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People spend more than 50 percent of their waking hours at work and 45 percent of their time engaged in their home life. Only 5 percent of a person’s daily life is spent at church. Do the math.

Very few church programs address the way people spend the majority of their time. Most people have never heard a sermon on the value of the workplace, even though our jobs contain many opportunities for witnessing – opportunities that we would never find in church alone. Just as God uses prayer, Bible studies, evangelistic events and other forms of ministry, He uses the workplace as an important tool in our lives.

Eugene H. Peterson, scholar and translator of the Message Bible, says, “I’m prepared to contend that the primary location for spiritual formation is the workplace.” C.S. Lewis wrote, “a sense of divine vision must be restored to man’s daily work.” So what do we do?

We need to bring “spirituality” and “divine vision” into the workplace. Many of us don’t feel qualified, but there is truth in the equation: You + God = Enough

You are enough because God has designed you perfectly to fulfill your intended purpose. (“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV)

You are enough because God will work through you with His unlimited power. (Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, NIV)

You are enough because He loves you and can transform you. (“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV)

You are called to be you, and He who calls you is at work within you. You can be empowered to be yourself today; you can be the one God has always intended you to be. The truth is, “God can do anything – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!”(Ephesians 3:20, The Message)

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Enjoy your Thursday, “Working for Christ”!

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15 Comments on “DO THE MATH!”


  1. God one!!!!! I look forward to your post everyday!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

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  2. Rene Yoshi Says:

    I agree! The purpose of the church is to equip us for the work of the service, so that we can proclaim the Good News of His Kingdom to those outside the church walls, love one another as a witness and testimony of God’s transforming love and power, and disciple those who come to believe and choose to follow Christ.

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  3. So true. There is so much talk of “finding your destiny” these days and I’ve struggled with that. Can’t I already be in my destiny at my current job? I know God placed me there, for now at least, and our jobs provide many opportunities to serve, grow, and show His grace. Thanks for speaking out 🙂

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  4. Spending time ‘at church’ does not ‘up’ your spirituality any more than spending time in the grocery store makes you a cashier. Spending time with God, praying and constantly thinking about Him will… Church is awesome, but remember it isn’t about just ‘showing up’… luv khrys…

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  5. Brook Says:

    Dave…*thank you* for the reminder that with God, we are enough. Much appreciated!

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