Archive for March 2013

HE IS RISEN!

March 29, 2013

“Then Jesus led them (the disciples) to Bethany, and lifting His hands to heaven, He blessed them. While He was blessing them, He left them and was taken up to heaven. So they worshiped Him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.” (Luke 24:50-53, NLT)

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Jesus had fulfilled His purpose. Because of His sacrifice, we have been saved!

Hallelujah!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

WE ARE NOT IMMUNE!

March 28, 2013

“Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted, and they promised to give him money. So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren’t around.” (Luke 22:3-6, NLT)

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Judas was one of Jesus’ followers. He was one of the first Christians. He was selected by Christ Himself to be one of the twelve disciples. What happened to him? Why did he turn on Jesus?

Just because we say we are Christians, that doesn’t mean we are immune from Satan’s evil schemes. He is always looking for ways to bring us down. He was able to bring Jesus down (so he thought) even while Jesus was visibly present in his life! What makes us think he doesn’t have the ability to attack us whenever he desires? He’s waiting to enter our lives just as soon as we show him our weaknesses. He wants us to slip up, to succumb to his temptations, to accept an offer of greed, to follow him into sin, and to get us to deny Jesus at every opportunity. His desire is to get inside our heads just as he did with Judas Iscariot. We are not immune!

As we contemplate this Holy Week, we can’t allow Satan to enjoy any part of our lives. Our jobs present many opportunities for him to “sneak” in and find opportunities for us to betray Jesus.

Although we aren’t considered to part of the original Twelve, we are Christ’s disciples. The same Holy Spirit that lived in Christ Jesus lives in us. Because Christ lives in us, we have the ability to defeat Satan every time he makes a move toward us. We can prove that we are stronger than Judas Iscariot by keeping Jesus by our side wherever we go. He is our advocate. He has defeated Satan over and over again. Allow Him to show you how to keep Satan away! He is immune!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

LISTEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT!

March 27, 2013

Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer.” (2 Thessalonians 3:2, NLT)

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In your daily work life, do you ever deal with people who are unreasonable, who don’t think logically, who never try to understand the context of a given situation, and who cannot seem to draw accurate conclusions from the facts?

A good deal of our workplace stress, anxiety, and frustration is due to unreasonable managers, employees, customers, suppliers, and others with whom we interact. “I want what I want, when I want it, how I want it, for the price I want it.” I sometimes wonder what type of culture we have become.

I think the apostle Paul was exasperated by unreasonable people, too. I think it upset his soul, and weighed heavy on his mind.

The question for today is: “are you a reasonable person or do others see you as ‘wicked and evil’?”

If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit lives within you. He is a spirit of power, love, and sound mind. The more the Holy Spirit lives in you, the more reasonable and loving you become.

If the Holy Spirit is telling you that you’re an unreasonable person, consider how this affects your workplace ministry. Being a reasonable person will build your credibility, strengthen your relationships, and ultimately bear a lot more Godly fruit!

Listen to the Holy Spirit this Wednesday. Examine yourself. “Pray, too, that you will not become an unreasonable, wicked, or evil person.”

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

WHAT’S YOUR NAME?

March 26, 2013

I’m used to people getting my last name wrong. I find that difficult to understand since Boller seems to be an easy name to pronounce. It’s pronounced BOW-ler, but most people call me Dave BALL-er.

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Names are rather personal. We want others to know our name and to know the person behind that name. When they do, a relationship can develop. A friendship can grow.

The God of heaven also understands the importance of names. In fact, throughout scripture a person’s name is used as a sign of belonging – specifically, a sign of belonging to God. In Genesis, God renames Abram and Jacob to show they belong to Him. In Isaiah, God proves his commitment to His people by saying, “I have written your name on my hand.” (Isaiah 49:16 NCV) In the New Testament, Christ compares Himself to a loving Shepherd and says, “The sheep listen to the voice of the Shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” (John 10:3 NCV)  And in Revelation, Jesus made a personal promise about heaven when He said, “Those who win the victory will be dressed in white clothes like them. And I will not erase their names from the book of life, but I will say they belong to me before my Father and before his angels.”  (Revelation 3:5 NCV)

Why is it important that God knows your name? Because it is a sign. It is a symbol. It is an indication that you belong to him.

Doesn’t it feel good to know that you belong?

Though there are many uncertainties in life, there is one thing you can be sure of. God knows your name. He has written it on His hand and sealed it upon His heart. He has spoken your name in love and inscribed it in the Book of Life. Your name is precious to Him because you are precious to Him. It is a sign that you belong.

“Don’t be afraid, because I have saved you. I have called you by name, and you are Mine.” (Isaiah 43:1, NCV)

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST!

March 25, 2013

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:9-10, NIV)

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There is a pecking order that emerges when ranchers feed cattle in the middle of winter. As they pull hay from a stack and spread it on the snow-covered fields, the strongest animals grab the first bites. The timid or weaker cows get pushed aside. Only if there’s enough hay, or if the rancher intervenes, do the weaker cows get their fill. It is the way things work in the animal kingdom – a realization that the natural order of things is not generous to the weak or the meek.

“Survival of the fittest” may be natural in the animal kingdom, but it doesn’t fit into God’s plan for us. God calls us to aid the weak wherever He decides to place us. He calls us not to be leaders but servants, not to be winners but witnesses, not to be takers but givers, not to be exploiters but caregivers. His message to the strong: “Take care of others.” His message to the weak: “God has not forgotten you.”

Christ calls each of us to His service. It is a call to sacrifice. It is a call to go against “the natural order of things.” In fact, perhaps the single biggest measure of a worker is how we treat those who are in need of our service.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27, NIV)

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy 
and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8, NIV)

We are living under the grace of Jesus Christ and are citizens of the Kingdom of God. The principles of that Kingdom are universally applicable, wherever He places us here on earth. Allow Him to use you where He has placed you! Accept your role as His servant!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

This devotional was originally written by Randy Kilgore, Senior Writer and Workplace Chaplain for Desired Haven Ministries. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

ARE YOU WORKING THE GARDEN?

March 21, 2013

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15, NIV)

God-at-Work

Work is a major part of our lives, and it gives people a sense of value, and sometimes it gives them their purpose. That’s not surprising, since God designed us to work.

Today’s work environment is extremely complex. Your work may be more or less satisfying than someone else’s, your employment security better or worse than another’s, your pay higher or lower than another’s. Work, family, and necessary tasks press us for time and energy. For many of us, satisfaction and dissatisfaction compete for our time throughout the day.

You probably already have an opinion about the value of your work, but ask God to show you where He sees the value in your job. Know that He sees value in morally and ethically decent work. Hold on to the Biblical truth that God created work to be a joint effort between Him and us.

Our world needs work to be done for good purposes, not bad ones; and it needs the work to be done well. God appreciates our efforts to do that. Get busy internalizing that truth and letting God bring it to life. As that happens, applying ourselves to the day’s work becomes easier, and satisfaction increases. Those are simply byproducts – our priority remains to work in a way that honors God.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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TEACH YOUR CHILDREN!

March 20, 2013

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”  (Proverbs 22:6, NLT)

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I’m amazed at how many Christian parents and churches don’t teach their young people how to become Godly workers! Then they wonder why young people today have such a sour attitude toward work, and why they have such a poor work ethic. Perhaps it’s because they haven’t been trained very well!

The future of the church – and society as a whole – belongs to our children and grandchildren. In order for Christianity to survive we must teach future generations to love the Lord and to respect the planet on which we live. The most effective way to do this is to live by example – Christ’s example.

Satan would love to see our children “crash and burn” in the workplace … but with God’s intervention, these young people can gain wisdom that will last a lifetime!

Are you teaching your children how to become Godly workers?

Is your church?

If not, it’s time to get started.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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