Archive for April 2013

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

April 26, 2013

Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:24-27, NLT)

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We often feel like we are treading water in the sea of life. The waves crash against us. We feel as if we are going to drown. Just as we catch our breath, another swell crests and crashes down upon us. We find ourselves lost in the mayhem of our day.

You overslept. The kids are sick. You had an argument with your spouse on the way out of the door. Your ride was late. The computer crashed. The printer jammed. The order did not come in. The package did not get there. Your client decided to switch to your competitor. The company is downsizing. You just got stabbed in the back by a coworker. Your pen leaked. The prices just went up. The stock just went down. Your 401K took a hit. The IRS called. All of that before lunch. Or at least, that’s the way it feels.

Who really knows what you are facing today? Everyone else is preoccupied just trying to keep his/her own nose above water — much less worry about yours.

You are not alone. What you are facing has not gone unnoticed. You are under the watchful eye of the Lord.

What kind of man is He? He is the Lord of the storm. He may seem like He is asleep while your boat is sinking. But, really, He is just waiting to show you a miracle. What is that miracle? To show you more about who He really is.

Turn your life over to Him right now. He is the One who can calm all of your storms.

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

This devotional was originally written by Dr. David Scott – speaker, writer, and consultant. Used by permission. Content edited by “Working for Christ”.

IT’S UP TO YOU!

April 19, 2013

“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7, NLT)

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(Photo Credit – Chick-fil-A.com)

There is no such thing as a “Christian” company. It’s true. There are companies that are owned by Christians. There are companies who try to operate on Christian principles. But there is no such thing as a “Christian” company. Let me explain.

Corporations are legal entities set up to limit the liability of their owners. That’s it. There will be no companies in heaven. Companies don’t have “souls.” Companies can’t get “saved” or even “burn in hell.” The best you can hope for is to find an organization that is led by a Christian person. If he/she is empowered to create a “Christian-friendly” environment, then you might enjoy some of the benefits – freedom to openly discuss and express your faith, Bible study or prayer opportunities, company-backed charity efforts and a respectful and caring environment.

What can you do if your company is not led by a Christian? Make it your goal to create a “Christian-friendly” environment in your workplace, regardless of the faith of your superiors. Affirm the other Christians in your workplace. Start a prayer group that meets before work. Take the lead to reach out to the poor, hurting, and needy in your community by stirring up your coworkers to get involved and help. Do all you can to show love and acceptance to everyone you work with, whether you agree with their faith, politics, or lifestyle.

There may not be any such thing as a “Christian” company, but you can work in a Christian-friendly environment. You simply have to create it!

“Let your light shine.” (Matthew 5:16, NLT)

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(Photo Credit – StacyKron.com)

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

QUIT COMPLAINING!

April 17, 2013

“Do everything without complaining and arguing.” (Philippians 2:14, NLT)

“These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.” (Jude 1:16, NLT)

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It is important for us to avoid grumbling, arguing, and complaining. These things show an unwillingness to be satisfied, or perhaps a willingness to emphasize the negative. People who grumble, argue, and complain all the time have difficulty seeing or appreciating the positive aspects of their lives. Negativity breeds negativity.

In Christ we view the future with hope and trust. We understand that He owns our future. It is His wish to fill us with positive thoughts about our relationship with Him and hope for living in eternity with Him. Grumbling or complaining is not the way to achieve peace of mind. These things simply add to our frustrations and destroy any hope and trust that we have in Christ Jesus.

Jude compares grumbling to ungodliness, born from following one’s own desires. Our encouragement, especially in the workplace, comes to us through thanksgiving and recognition each day that our God remembers us. Quick results are often expected at work – producing them may be part of our job. But while we deliver those results, we must recognize that Christ is at work in us, giving us His Presence and comfort, guiding us through the journey of daily life. It is Christ’s priority to help us deliver positive results!

Do you need encouragement at work? Then work for Him with a heart of thanksgiving, tell Him You trust Him no matter what the day brings, and be open to receiving His love.

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

WORK YOUR PLAN!

April 16, 2013

“If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.” (Proverbs 14:22, NLT)

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In business there is a saying to “plan your work and work your plan.” When you set out to carry out your goals, it’s important to develop a plan that will serve as a “road map” to get you from Point A to Point B. Success awaits you just on the other side of Point B. If you follow your plan precisely, you will do the things you set out to do. If you don’t, there must be something wrong with the plan.

As humans, we have the ability to think (plan) before we act. In other words, before we sin we actually plan how we are going to do it. For instance, to cheat someone, we make a plan. We plan to steal from the cash register. We plan to feign an illness so we can get a day off. We plan an affair with the boss’ new secretary. We plan a lie to avoid confrontation.

Everything we do is planned. Every plan is made up of choices. The choices we make determine whether we “will be lost” or whether we “will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.”

Why would we ever decide to “plan to do evil”? I’m not sure, but I’ve done it hundreds, if not thousands, of times. We all have. It’s our nature. We live in a broken world. But we can do better. Christ died so we could live, and not be lost. He lives in us and will help us make the right choices if we ask Him.

God’s plan is for us to do His will. As believers in Christ, we must plan our lives in a way that will serve Him. Plan to follow Him from this day forward. Choose unfailing love and faithfulness over evil when that choice is placed in front of you.

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Plan “to do good” this Tuesday! Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

A LIFE FULL OF LOVE!

April 15, 2013

“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19, NLT)

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When our economy crashed a few years ago, a lot of people crashed right along with it. I know of at least four developers and general contractors in Florida alone who committed suicide. Prior to the “crash”, these guys were making money hand over fist, buying up properties and selling them for huge profits. They believed they were invincible and because of their wealth, they thought they had nothing to worry about. They placed all of their trust in their money.

Our economic future is still in question. Guess what? Our economic future will always be in question. The banking and monetary system could collapse any day. Our future will be in question until we decide not to put our trust in money – our trust needs to be in God. If we are fortunate enough to have an excess of disposable cash, we should use it to help widows, orphans, and all those in need. Our love for each other should be the source of our wealth – not the size of our bank account.

How long do you plan to live in this world? How much money can you actually accumulate in that amount of time? How much of it can you take with you when you die? I’m not saying that money is necessarily a bad thing. I’m simply saying that money will never “buy” your way into heaven. Christ paid the price for each of us. I don’t believe He had a pocket full of money. I do know, however, that He had a life full of love!

We really don’t need huge amounts of money to get along in this world; we just need a little more love!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

DO YOU WANT TO SEE GOD? GO GOLFING!

April 12, 2013

“Then God looked over all He had made, and He saw that it was very good!” (Genesis 1:31, NLT)

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(Photo Courtesy – arnoldpalmer.com)

Have you ever watched a golf tournament on television? Better yet, have you ever attended a professional golf tournament? My wife and I had tickets to Bay Hill (The Arnold Palmer Invitational) a couple of weeks ago and were in awe of the beauty of the course. The fairways were perfectly manicured, the sand traps were pristine, and the greens were absolutely perfect in every way. The same is true in Augusta for The Masters this week.

Man’s work to develop these golf courses coupled with the marvel of God’s creation can sometimes leave you breathless. My wife couldn’t get over the beauty at Bay Hill, commenting, “If you ever want to see God, you just have to go golfing.” How many guys wish their wives would accept that attitude on a Saturday morning?

The truth is, God has some pretty amazing talent.

As we examined the design and features of Bay Hill, we also realized that the work of the men and women involved in that process was also a thing of beauty. Their God-given talents were clear. Whether it was the groundskeeper who immaculately kept the grounds finely manicured, or Arnold Palmer, who makes this tournament possible, every person involved played a role in a creation of beauty that drew us a little closer to God that day.

Creative people in the workplace have always had my admiration. Although I don’t always understand or appreciate the beauty that others create, that doesn’t take away from the fact that, if done by using their God-given talents, it is very good in God’s sight.

If you are using God’s gifts to create, whether it’s a painting, a golf course, a blog, or even a spreadsheet, your work is beautiful in God’s eyes. Celebrate the fact that God has blessed you for being who you are!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

APPOINTED TO SERVE!

April 11, 2013

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do His work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve Him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted His people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 1:12-14, NLT)

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Paul understood that he was a sinner and that it was God’s grace and mercy that finally set him free to do the work of the Lord – even after he used to blaspheme the name of Christ. He realized that it was his ignorance and unbelief that caused him to be disrespectful.

We, too, are sinners. Our ignorance and unbelief often stand in the way of our relationship with Christ. When we allow ourselves to follow the ways of the world, we prove just how vulnerable we really are. We are immoral, we are liars, we break our promises, we are impatient, greedy, and selfish – simply because we are human and were born into sin.

In order to do Christ’s work, it is necessary that we change our attitudes. First, we will always be sinners. We will always be tempted to do the wrong things. Sometimes we will even give in to those temptations. When we give in to sin, we need to be aware of what we have done, confess our mistakes, and seek forgiveness from our Savior. Christ fully understands that we are weak and that we need Him – that’s exactly why He allowed Himself to be crucified on our behalf.

We have been forgiven! We have not been made perfect. We’ll never be without sin. Like Paul, we need to accept the fact that we are sinners. We are no longer ignorant and we no longer live in unbelief. We live by the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. We, too, are trustworthy and appointed to serve Him!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!


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