Archive for February 2014

COMFORT A FRIEND!

February 24, 2014

“Just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:7, NIV)

comfort

I’ve noticed through the years that those who have suffered are quick to comfort others who may be hurting. When a young couple suffers the loss of a child, another couple who also lost a child asks if they can help. If a couple loses their main income, almost immediately another couple steps forward to offer their aid, remembering their own journey through foreclosure years earlier.

Again and again we see people supporting and encouraging one another. They have learned that they can use the trials they’ve been through to reach out to others going through similar difficulties.

Have you been sick? Lost a loved one? Been imprisoned? Unfairly treated? In all of our trials, God promises to bring something good out of even our darkest moments (James 1:2-4). One way this takes place is when we share the comfort He offered us with those who are now going through trials.

As Paul points out in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, we are comforted by a Savior who knows our suffering, and we honor Him when we share His comfort with others.

Take a look around your workplace today. Do you know anyone who is suffering or in pain? Imagine yourself in their shoes. If we know the path another person is experiencing, God will help us guide that person into His presence. He comforts us so that we may bring comfort to others.

Be a little more like Jesus today. Comfort someone you know with the love of our Savior.

Work for ChristEnjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES!

February 21, 2014

As they were walking along the road, a man said to Him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Follow Me

Jesus was not being callous when He replied, “Let the dead bury their own dead,” and “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” He was stating a simple truth that is still valid today. We have the choice to follow the world’s way or God’s way.

“I’ll start tithing just as soon as I make enough money to get myself out of debt.”

“I’ll start reading the bible when I can find the time to sit down and relax. A time when I don’t have to think about my work plans for tomorrow.”

“I’ll help feed the poor when I get a little extra time and money on my hands.”

Excuse, excuses, excuses! We can always come up with an excuse to follow the world’s way. Jesus doesn’t buy our excuses. He is commanding us to “follow” Him. That means we are to proclaim His love to the world – before we get out of bed, when we get into the shower, as we’re driving to work, as we read our emails, when we engage our co-workers and customers, while we drive home, and when we spend time with our loved ones! There are no excuses. When Jesus says, “Follow Me,” that’s exactly what He means.

Have you ever heard of anyone who on his or her deathbed has said, “I wish I had spent more time at work and less time with my family or with God.”?

If we base our decisions on our own security and comfort, we will have a hard time following the path God has laid out for us. It’s always easy to look back and see our mistakes. How much better would it be if we would look forward and avoid those mistakes?

Jesus has said to each one of us, “Follow me”. I can’t think of any good reason why we shouldn’t, can you?

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

A PLAN FOR SUCCESS!

February 20, 2014

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV)

Success

I recently formed a new corporation. One of the requirements for this new company was to develop a sound business plan. As you can imagine, a good business plan serves as a road map and helps the company stay focused on where it has been and where it is going. When the business goes off course, the owner refers back to the business plan to get the company back on track.

Every good Christian has a business plan, too. Just as a corporate business plan serves as a road map for the company, the Bible serves as a road map for our lives. It helps us stay on course and keeps us focused on Jesus! When we find ourselves drifting away we can turn to Scripture to help us get back on the right path.

If your “business” is drifting off course, refer back to your “business plan”! Spend some quality time with our Savior in His word today.

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

A PRESCRIPTION FOR OUR SPIRITUAL HEALTH!

February 14, 2014

Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17, NIV)

Doctor Jesus

If we didn’t need to be saved from our sins, God never would have sent His Son to this earth. He knows each of us personally. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses. He knows what builds us up and what tears us down. He knows what we do every minute of every day. He knows what we do when we are alone – when no else is around. He knows our struggles and all of our shortcomings. He knows each and every one of our many sins. The fact is, He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows that none of us are worthy to enter His Kingdom. But, He has provided a way for us to live with Him in eternity.

It is important to recognize and confess our sins. Just as a doctor prescribes antibiotics to help us when we are ill, Christ prescribes His love to maintain our spiritual health! Spend some time with the “Doctor” today. Allow Him to nurture you back to health!

Work for ChristEnjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

WHERE DO YOU BELONG?

February 13, 2014

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17, NIV

Hands

Why did you choose your current job? Was it because you wanted to follow in your father’s or mother’s footsteps? Was it because you wanted to make a lot of money, own a big home, or take lavish vacations? Did you choose your present career so you could become “noticed” by the rest of the world? Maybe you’re stuck in the job you have and you really don’t know how to get out! Perhaps you found your job by coincidence and really didn’t give much thought about your future at all.

So often we enter a new career with the wrong motives – money, prestige, and even pressure from our parents or peers. A lot of us simply go through the motions and never look to God for advice in our career decisions. We don’t associate our work with our spirituality. Consequently, we view our work as a place completely separate from God. We often overlook the fact that God has given us certain talents that can and should be used in our work.

Does this mean we should all become full-time Christian ministers?

The problem is not whether we should be in “Christian work” or “secular work”, but rather in work that is inspired by our gifts and calling. Not all of us are meant to be pastors or missionaries.

Whether you are driving nails or preaching the gospel, you are already in full-time Christian-work. The question is, are you achieving the God-given calling for your life? God has called each of us into our workplaces to fulfill His purposes. It is time for us to stop feeling like second-class citizens for being in “working” jobs. It is time for us to realize that we have all been called by God to do His work wherever we are!

Work for ChristEnjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

GOING UP?

February 12, 2014

“For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.”  (Luke 14:11, NIV)

UP

In the business world, you hear people say they are trying to “make it to the top.” But God’s view of our world turns everything upside down. Jesus was exalted – after volunteering to give up divinity. Jesus was lifted up – after going down to the grave. Jesus was honored – after submitting to the Father. Jesus was glorified – after dying.

Exalting God is pressing the DOWN button on the ego elevator.

We were made to serve others! No matter what our position or title, our job is to serve!

Work for ChristEnjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

WE ARE ALL FOLLOWERS!

February 11, 2014

“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God …”. (1 Corinthians 15:33-34, NIV)

Sin

The people we associate with (professionally and socially) have a tremendous influence on our character. It’s human nature to want to be liked and accepted by our peers. Consequently, many of of us fall into the trap of becoming followers instead of leaders. When we imitate others we often follow them into sin or destructive behavior just to feel accepted. When we turn to sin and destructive behavior we become followers of Satan.

There is a better choice!

To live in this world as a follower of Christ it is important to choose our friends and associates wisely. If we are to follow Christ’s example and live as He lived, we need to stop that sinful and destructive behavior. We need to take the “lead” so others follow us toward a meaningful life with Christ. We need to lead others toward Christ by following His example! It is up to us to display a positive example by the way we live. It is our job to gently and lovingly bring others to our Savior!

You may never know who is following you!

Work for ChristEnjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”


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