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HELP WANTED!

May 8, 2017

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:35-38, NIV)

As each year passes I look back and am disappointed that I have thrown away so much of my life searching for things that only gratify me, things that are meaningless to everyone but me. Yet, I’ve been extremely blessed. I have always had a roof over my head, food on the table, and family and friends that have loved and supported me along the way. I’ve had a great education and wonderful spiritual leaders. I’ve had success in business and with love. Looking from the outside, my life appears to be perfect.

So why am I so disappointed?

After years of searching for success in business and finally attaining certain financial goals, I have come to realize life is not about me! Real success doesn’t come from working 60 hour work weeks or walking over other people to move up the corporate ladder. A good job and six figure income don’t truly define success. Too often money causes more problems than it solves. And working hour after hour as if nothing else matters is a sure way to tear a family apart. When we sacrifice our lives for our jobs, what have we really gained?

How do we meet success in life?

It sounds simple, but real success comes from following Jesus! Real success starts each morning and ends every evening with a prayer of gratitude. True and honest success includes Jesus in our conversations throughout the day. Success is looking for ways to love one another (John 13:34-35, NIV). Success is living our lives with joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV).

Success is not about our status at work or the amount of money we bring home at the end of the week! Success is all about living our lives for Jesus! And, more importantly, it’s about living our lives with Jesus!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

I’VE BEEN TRYING TOO HARD!

November 9, 2015

Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6, NIV)

Faith

Growing up, I was taught that I had to please God to earn my way into heaven. I was taught that I needed to spend more time in church, that I needed to go on mission trips, that I needed to place more money in the collection plate, that I needed to quit sinning, that I needed to become perfect! I always felt I had to do more. For six decades, I have tried to become a better person to please our Father, and for six decades I have fallen flat on my face. I am still the same sinner that I was thirty years ago. So if I believe what I was taught as a child, I’m never going to make it into heaven. I’m never going to meet the One who sent His Son to die for me. How in the world am I ever going to be good enough, to please God enough to spend eternity with Him?

I have finally come to realize that I will never be good enough. I am a sinner, and no matter how hard I try, I will always be a sinner! So does that mean I should just give up? Should I just live for myself and forget about pleasing God?

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6, NIV)

Maybe it’s time to look at my faith instead my behavior. Perhaps God doesn’t expect me to be perfect. Maybe He made me imperfect for a reason. Maybe He made me the way I am so I would have to trust Him, to allow Him to be present in my life, to give Him the authority to direct my path. Perhaps He doesn’t need me to please Him. Maybe He needs me to trust Him, to have faith in him. Even by trusting Him, I will still be a sinner, but because I belong to Him I will start to love others the way Jesus loves me. No, I will never be good enough, but that really doesn’t matter. God will never love me more than He loves me right this minute – no matter what I do or how hard I try to please Him. My salvation and His love for me have absolutely nothing to do with trying harder! It’s all about FAITH! I simply need to surrender my life to Him and trust that His way is the right way to live my life.

Perhaps you, too, should take a closer look at your faith today!

Have a blessed day, “Working for Christ!”

DON’T COMPLICATE THINGS!

September 10, 2015

For in Christ Jesus … the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6, NIV)

So, don’t try to tell me that everything will be okay if you could just make a little more money. Don’t try to tell me that a promotion means you’ll never have to worry about status ever again. Don’t try to tell me that a new house, or new car, or a better social life will bring you the happiness that’s been lacking your entire life.

… the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Status, money, or material things don’t matter to our Savior. He is looking for us to have faith in Him and to express that faith through love; love for Him and love for each other! Don’t make things more complicated than they are.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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ARE YOU DRAWN TO EXTREMES?

June 26, 2015

“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:25-26, NIV)

extreme

Many of us are drawn to extremes. In some instances, pushing our limits can be a positive, uplifting thing. In most situations, however, especially in today’s society it can be a dangerous practice. We live in a world that tells us to “work longer hours”, “sleep less”, “quit wasting time”, “spend more money”, “obtain a better lifestyle”. Our tendency is to follow those directions because everyone else is doing it and we feel like they are all getting farther ahead in life than us. We don’t want to be left behind, do we?

Hold on a minute. Where does the bible tell us to live toward those extremes? Those messages we hear from the world aren’t from God. He didn’t design us to live with extreme calendars, extreme finances, or extreme work ethic. He designed us to be in relationships with one another (John 13:34-35, NIV). He designed us to work as if we were working for the Lord, not for other people or ourselves (Colossians 3:23, NIV). He designed us for rest – rest from work and rest in Him (Hebrews 4:10, NIV).

We can try to convince ourselves that our extreme lifestyles are designed to please God, but be very careful in the way you are thinking. It’s not a sin to have a great job, or lots of money, or the desire to take care of your family. Just make sure you get your priorities straight. God is first! Everything else will fall into place when you live your life for Him! He is calling us to a life of “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV) It seems to me that a life filled with these things would be much more attractive than one which is fast-paced, filled with greed, and totally out of control. 

If you’re driven toward extremes, turn to Christ! Live extremely for Him!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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WHO DO YOU REALLY WORK FOR?

October 30, 2014

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10, NIV)

Community

In order to live our lives to the fullest, we need to be in community with other believers. The “Church” can never truly be the church if we aren’t connected to one another – and to Jesus Christ. Keep in mind that the “Church” is not a building or any particular denomination, but it is the people gathered together in the name of God – the Holy Spirit – to follow Christ and His teachings. There are many ways in which the church is supposed to reach out, but one very important way is through our various communities – one of those is our place of employment.

The Apostle Paul gave us a framework. He wrote that we must be devoted to one another. We must make other people a priority in our busy lives, setting them above and ahead of other things, honoring them above ourselves. In Philippians 2:3-4, NIV, Paul drives home that same point again: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Paul also wrote that we must commit to honesty and transparency (Ephesians 4:25, NIV; 2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV) and accountability (Galatians 6:1-2, NIV). Community doesn’t work without these important ingredients. It just doesn’t! And we must not presume we know how to “fix” each other, but rather we need to trust the Holy Spirit to do everything that needs to be done (Romans 12:3, NIV). When we offer to “fix” someone else, we can do damage – spiritual and relational – without meaning to. It’s so much better to listen and ask open, non-judgmental questions. Most important, we need to pray something else the Bible says we must do together – a lot!

We must encourage one another to live boldly and confidently in our faith, supporting each other along the way. We must stand with one another, helping each other through hardship, so that no one falls away when things get tough (Romans 22:12, NIV, Galatians 6:2, NIV).

What does all this mean in today’s workplace? It simply means that, although we may be working for a human boss, we are ultimately working for our Lord and Savior. We need to support one another in everything we do. And we need to view our workplace as one of God’s venues to bring others closer to Him.

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

STEP IT UP!

May 20, 2014

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6, NIV)

Reality Check

What kind of attitude does Christ Jesus have for me? How does this apply to my job? How can I glorify God in my workplace?

In John 13, Jesus commanded, “Love one another. As I have loved you, you must love one another. Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” In Romans 12, Paul reminds us, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Galatians 5:13, tells us to “serve one another humbly in love.” Paul instructs us in Ephesians 4:2 to “be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” And 1 Peter 3:8 teaches us all to “be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” I could go on and on.

All you have to do is listen to the evening news to see what’s wrong with this world. No matter where you turn, there seems to be a lack of love and compassion for one another. Observe the people around you at work. How many are actually there to serve one another? How many view their jobs as a place to share the love of Christ Jesus? Pay attention to attitudes. Do you “see” Christ in your boss? Can you put aside the differences you have with your co-workers long enough to express an encouraging, loving attitude that resembles the attitude of Christ?

Most importantly, do others look at you and see Jesus Christ? Do you have the love, patience, gentleness, and compassion to bring others a little closer to our Savior? That’s exactly why God has placed you in the job you have today. He wants you to be His voice in the workplace. He needs you to encourage others to develop that same positive, loving attitude that glorifies the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He needs you to step up your game and become a little more like Christ!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

WORK SHOULD NOT BE A CURSE!

July 19, 2013

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.'” (Galatians 3:13, NIV)

Redeemed

Work is a gift from God and should bring contentment, fulfillment, enjoyment, and all those wonderful things we expect. Unfortunately, work fell under the curse when Adam and Eve sinned. As a result, our work has been corrupted, too. That corruption has caused many of us to have an unhealthy attitude toward work. With Jesus in our lives, however, we can realize the original purpose of work and we can be set free from the corruption that has made work a dirty word for so many.

In order to do that, we must first have a personal relationship with Jesus. Then, we must make sure that the work we are doing is God’s assignment and not our own. God has specific jobs for each of us to do, and when He assigns our work, it is sacred. Don’t pay any attention to people’s opinion of what is sacred work and what isn’t. Work is sacred when God gives it to you, because He designed it.

Adam was given a divine job assignment, and as long as he was willing to obey, he was allowed to live in paradise. Work was wonderful, everything was sweet. But he was also given the freedom to make choices and to rebel against God’s plan. Unfortunately, that’s what he chose to do. You and I have that very same freedom – to rebel against God’s plans, but when we do, we pay the price.

You can choose your sin but you can’t choose its consequences.

If going to work is tiring and drudgery and difficult for you, it may be that you’re living in rebellion to God’s rules. Make no mistake; He has allowed you to do that and you are paying the price for it. You see, the Bible teaches, “This is love for God; to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3, NIV).

If you want to transform your work day into something meaningful and worthwhile, stop living in rebellion and do the work God has given you. You will no longer be under the curse of work. That curse was lifted on Calvary!

Work Happy

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”


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