Archive for February 2014

IS YOUR WORK SPIRITUAL?

February 10, 2014

“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (1 Thessalonians 1:3, NIV)

Work Matters

Our work becomes spiritual when we do it for the Lord. A new mother rocking her baby while she prays for God’s blessing is a perfect example of spiritual work. It is also present when a blue-collar worker does the very best he or she can when performing his duties. It is clear when an employee is consistently punctual while others don’t seem to care. Spiritual labor is an executive, a manager, or administrative assistant who will not compromise their character just to get ahead in their company. We become spiritual laborers when we wake up every day and thank God that we are able to represent Christ in our workplaces. We are spiritual laborers when we do our work first and foremost for our heavenly Father – when our work is motivated by our faith and prompted by love.

Don’t be surprised that, as a spiritual laborer, you may irritate your co-workers. Don’t let that bother you! Continue to work, trusting in the Lord, even when the results aren’t immediately clear. Don’t let anything stop you from moving closer to the Lord.

When we work for our Father, our labor is not in vain. We bring Him joy and build endurance in our lives – endurance inspired by hope !

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

EXERCISE YOUR THOUGHTS!

February 7, 2014

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8, NIV)

Thoughts

Our days are often filled with so many things to do it is almost impossible to get them all accomplished. A demanding client, co-worker, or customer, an overdue project, phone call after phone call, or a multitude of other things only add to the stress of our day. We seem to find very little time to simply step back and clear our minds. As a result, what we think about in those moments is a strong indicator as to where we are spiritually.

What do you think about when you are stressed and overworked?

Do you think about things that are pure and lovely as Paul suggests, or do you think about how frustrated and angry you are? Paul gives us a picture of where our minds should be – at all times. He understood that what we think about will eventually trickle down and become who we are. Negative thoughts will lead to a negative personality; pure and lovely thoughts will lead to a gracious and positive personality. Therefore, we need to guard our thoughts and our minds. Just as our body needs exercise to stay in shape, so does our mind. We need to study the Word of God regularly so that our thoughts receive the proper amount of exercise, too. It doesn’t happen over night. It’s a lifelong process that builds character and integrity. Most importantly, studying the Word of God will bring you closer to the Lord! And that, my friends, is excellent and praiseworthy.

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

ETERNITY BEGINS TODAY!

February 6, 2014

“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:16-17, NIV)

This passage isn’t just referring to “lust” in a sexual sense, it is addressing our desire to be like someone else – to have their money, power, things, or status in life! The “world” expects us to succeed by advancing our careers, increasing our income, or enhancing our social status. God expects us to succeed simply by developing a closer relationship with Him! He may or may not allow us to succeed in business or to make a lot of money. In the overall scheme of things, that really doesn’t matter. Our relationship with Him is all that is important! By living for Him today, eternity starts right now!

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!


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