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A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN TO YOU!

December 21, 2016

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”. (Luke 2:11, NIV)

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He was just a little baby. He thought like a baby. He cried like a baby. He giggled like a baby. He learned to crawl before he could walk. He made baby sounds before he could talk. He cried when his teeth started to come in and he cried when he was hungry.

Yes, he was a baby – just like we were once babies. But he grew into the man who would become our Savior. He spent his time on earth teaching those he met how to love and to live in this crazy, mixed up world. The times were different, but the problems were unmistakably similar to the problems we experience today – the world was full of hatred, jealousy, war, terrorism, cheating, stealing, adultery, murder, and so on! This young man, named Jesus, was not afraid to make a stand for his Father to show the world a better way. He refused to give in to the political pressures of the time. He did not allow anything to stand in the way of his purpose. He was willing to die for his beliefs!

Am I willing to give my life for my beliefs? Most of the time I’m not even sure what my beliefs really are. I struggle every day, wondering “what is my purpose here on earth?” I live and work in a different world than Jesus. My job takes up 50% of my day; sleep takes up another 30%. That only leaves 20% of my day to eat, relax, and enjoy my family. There’s not much time left to give to the Lord! What am I supposed to do?

Believe it or not, many of us go through life with that kind of thinking. I did it for years. I did it until I began to realize that my beginnings were very much like Jesus’ beginnings. We were both helpless little babies, waiting to be led by the hand into a huge world of unknowns. It took me a long time to realize that the very same Spirit that lived in Jesus lives in me – right now! The same spirit that allowed Jesus to arise from the grave, gives me the power to lead others to Christ during my working hours and throughout the rest of the day. My job is a blessing, a gift from God. It’s a place for me to share God’s love with those who may have doubts. My entire life is a blessing. My wife, kids, and grandchildren are all beautiful gifts from our Savior – gifts from that little baby that was born 2,000 years ago in a manger in Bethlehem.

What is my purpose here on earth? My purpose is to share the love of Jesus with anyone who has ears to listen! Today, a Savior has been born to YOU!!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE TODAY!

August 31, 2015

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care. Today, if only you would hear His voice … (Psalm 95:6-7, NIV)

PRAYER-SERIES

Father, today is a new day.  A day that presents important choices for each one of us.  A day that marks a new beginning. Please hear our prayer.  We are not perfect.  We have made so many mistakes.  We don’t deserve your love or mercy.  But we come to you today, asking forgiveness for our past sins, asking forgiveness for making foolish choices with our lives, and asking forgiveness for following the ways of the world instead of following the ways of the Lord, the way that leads to eternal life.

When you created us, you gave each of us the ability to make our own decisions.  Left on our own, we have made a number of poor choices. We have chosen to please ourselves instead of pleasing you.  In many cases our decisions have been based on how others view us, on ways in which to get ahead in our careers, on ways in which to accumulate more wealth, or on ways in which to satisfy our own flesh.  On our own, we have failed.  We need your presence in our lives. We need your guidance in our decision-making.  Fill us with your Holy Spirit today, right now, so that we can make better choices.  Give us the strength to turn away from worldly desires, from our own selfishness, and help us turn toward you, our Lord and our Savior. Nothing – absolutely nothing – will ever be more important.  Amen.

May God bless you today and every day as you continue “Working for Christ!”

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COME DOWN FROM YOUR PEDESTAL!

January 18, 2015

 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus … he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant … he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8, NIV)

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Humility is a trait that most of us don’t possess. People “at the top” are reminded daily about their success by the materialistic things around them and by the praises they receive from their peers, co-workers, family, and friends. This constant exaltation leads to an inflated self-esteem, arrogance, and narcissism. Unfortunately, the world has a tendency to elevate people based on their talents, prestige, and wealth. Contrary to its allure, this type of success is often short-lived and produces vanity and self-deceit.

Society tells us that we are special until someone more special comes along! When this occurs, we return to being a “nobody” and often choose stress as a way to maintain our upward mobility. That is not the way God intended us to live!

In the scripture, Paul is writing to the people of Philippi, encouraging them and giving them words of wisdom. He tells them to remain humble – just as Jesus was. He instructed them to be like Jesus. And, yes, Jesus was the Son of God and had all the rights and privileges to the Kingdom of Heaven. He could have arrived in a golden chariot, lived in a mansion, and put to death all those who opposed Him. He could have refused to be put to death on a cross. He could have separated Himself from the poor and sick, and He could have adorned Himself with the finest robes and jewels. But He didn’t. He chose to remain humble and to live a simple life of servant-hood. He chose to live like a man and work in a troubled world. He chose a life like ours.

How many of us, because we are the son or daughter of someone important, think we should have the best of everything? How many of us, because we own our own business or are the manager of a certain company, think we are “all that?” How many of us are motivated by owning the flashiest car, the largest house, or the most expensive jewelry? Do these things really make us important? Do they make us better than anyone else?

There is nothing wrong with having nice things, but most often the motives behind why we purchase these things are wrong. When we adorn ourselves with materialistic things to look important, to impress others, or to flaunt our success, we are not living in the spirit Christ intended. Showing off is “selfish ambition and vain conceit.”

Jesus chose to be humble. He subjected Himself to death on the cross. Consequently, God elevated Him to the highest position in the kingdom.

As business owners and leaders, we can lead and still remain humble. When we maintain a spirit of meekness, and care for the needs of our employees, co-workers, consumers, and community, God will lift us up, too! God does not put us on a pedestal like the world does. When God lifts us up, it may last a lifetime, not just a moment. When He blesses us, He will take care of us!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

NO TURN ON RED – IT’S THE LAW!

July 16, 2014

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-24, NIV)

No Stop on Red

Red light cameras are becoming more and more popular here in the Orlando area. The other day, I was sitting at a red light in the right lane when an emergency vehicle pulled up behind me with its lights flashing. Although my intention was to go straight (once the light changed to green), I decided to get out of the way and make a right turn – while the light was still red. I thought I did the right thing. A couple of days later, I received a letter in the mail with a ticket for $268.00 for turning right on red when there was clearly a sign that indicated “NO TURN ON RED”. What was missing in the photograph? Right! THE EMERGENCY VEHICLE. I called the number on the ticket and was told that I could either pay the fine or take it to court. Either way, I lose. I’m frustrated because a penalty will have to be paid even though my infraction was unintentional and truly non-existent.

For the ancient Jews, a violation of God’s laws committed even in ignorance was taken very seriously. The Old Testament recognized and provided for unintentional sins through appropriate sacrifices: “If a person sins unintentionally against any of the commandments . . . let him offer to the Lord . . . a young bull without blemish as a sin offering” (Leviticus 4:2-3, NIV).

Old Testament sacrifices were more than a reminder that accidental wrongs have consequences. They were given in anticipation that God, in His grace, would provide atonement even for wrongs we didn’t realize we were doing.

Then came Jesus. His life, and ultimate death, meant that we no longer had to bring sacrifices to the altar. Christ sacrificed Himself for us! God’s grace is far greater than we could ever imagine! Grace is getting what we do not deserve. Because Jesus bore our sins on the cross, He has made us righteous in God’s eyes. This righteousness comes through faith in Jesus; it is given to us by God’s grace; and, best of all, it is free to all who believe.

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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!

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

YOU MAY FEEL LONELY, BUT YOU’RE NEVER ALONE!

March 17, 2014

Jesus said, “My Father is always at His work to this very day” (John 5:17, NIV) and “we must do the works of Him who sent me…while I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:4-5, NIV)

Lonely

Have you ever felt alone? Maybe you’re self-employed, or perhaps you travel every week, or you work the late night shift. Maybe you’re the only Christian in your office and opportunities for sharing common beliefs are scarce. You may feel alone wondering if your work really makes a difference. Will the work you do today really count tomorrow, next week, or next month?

Jesus recognizes these concerns. At one point in His ministry He said, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head”. (Matthew 8:20, NIV) Another time, nearly all His followers abandoned Him when His teaching became a little too tough for them to handle (John 6). And finally, at the end of His life, one of Jesus’ friends betrayed Him. Yes, Jesus knows what it’s like to be alone!

In spite of all this, nothing could keep Jesus from doing what really pleased Him – doing the work of His Heavenly Father. He knew that those followers who stayed with Him would eventually experience the “big plan” He had for them. And, even the ultimate betrayal couldn’t prevent the successful completion of His work.

Jesus willingly did His Father’s work because He delighted in, and believed in, advancing His Father’s cause. No matter what type of work you are involved in, you too, have an opportunity to make a difference. Simply share your faith and love for Jesus with those around you! You will never be alone. Christ Jesus will always be by your side!

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT SENSE!

July 16, 2013

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV)

Practice

Very few things in life come easily. Work, of course, is no exception. The same is true of our Christianity. Life, work, and our walk with God all become easier the more we practice.

To be good at our jobs, we first need to learn the details of the job and then make an effort to apply what we learn. A good work environment also depends on good relationships, so they, too, require effort.

Similarly, we practice maintaining our relationship with God as we learn the details about Christ and spend our time focusing on His example. If you don’t have a regular time in which you give God all your attention (praying, reading the Bible, listening to God, making a journal of your thoughts), you need to start one. This is the key to developing your relationship with God. To maintain our focus on God all the time, we must start by having our focus on Him some of the time.

Unlike practicing the piano, or football, or soccer, or some types of work, practicing our focus on God doesn’t have to be drudgery. In fact, if you stay with it, this will become the highlight of your day. But like football practice or learning our work skills, our time of focus is preparing us for something else. It’s preparing us for living the rest of the day with God. It’s preparing us for when our working hours and all our other hours are equally part of our time with God.

Practice spending your time with God this Tuesday and every day. Practice may not make you perfect, but it will put you on a much better path!

Right Path

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!


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