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COME WITH ME AND GET SOME REST!

December 9, 2016

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31, NIV)

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Jesus was familiar with fatigue and quiet getaway places. He often traveled toward the hills of Judea, to places off the beaten path, in order to spend some time alone with his Father. We, too, are familiar with fatigue. It’s a deep weariness framed with a longing for something to soothe the portions of our heart that echo with an emptiness we often fail to admit.

But we’re less acquainted with quiet, getaway places. Jesus understands this. He wants us to hear his invitation loud and clear. To get our attention, however, he may whisper in a soft, loving voice, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Our lives are crazy! Words such as quiet, alone, and undistracted are not really part of our daily routines. But, when we find a way to slow down and relax, God makes himself known to us through his creation and by calling our names with a quiet, still voice.

We live in a fast-paced world of cell phones, social media, instant news, music on demand, and ever changing technology. We rarely find time just for ourselves. And when we do slow down a bit, it’s difficult to share that time with anyone – including our Savior!

We need to stop and reset our thinking! When he was alone, Moses heard God call his name through a burning bush. And alone, Samuel responded to the voice of God. And, Mary said yes to the career changing announcement of all time when she was alone!

We are so addicted to our lives of chaos and confusion, it is difficult to hear the voice of our Savior. Our Lord can make himself known to anyone, anytime and through any means, but we need to slow down and listen for His voice. He is here right now, waiting for us to find Him. There’s no better time than this Christmas season to re-focus our lives on the One who can bring us peace and comfort.

Come with me to a quiet place!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

Work for Christ

 

 

START YOUR DAY RIGHT!

November 15, 2013

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35, NIV)

Jesus Praying

As Christians, it is our goal to model ourselves after our Savior. There are obvious reasons why Jesus prayed the very first thing in the morning. Since Christ is our number one priority, what better way to honor Him than to make Him the focus of our day. By starting our day with prayer we are showing commitment to the Lord and disciplining ourselves for the day that is about to begin.

Before we head off to work, it is important to invite the Holy Spirit into our day to intercede for us as things begin to get a little crazy. Without the help of the Holy Spirit we are just humans – weak, indecisive, and vulnerable to the world around us. We waste time, we succumb to temptation, and we lack order and discipline in our thinking and in our dealings with other people. We’re often judgmental and consequently, we treat people unfairly. These things are often caused because we don’t take the time for morning prayer.

Prayer sets the stage for the entire day. When we pray and when we finally are able to defeat those little demons, our lives are transformed. The things we do all day, the people we meet, and the temptations that arise are no match for our Lord and Savior. The simple act of having a morning conversation with Jesus is the key to our peace and contentment throughout the day. Jesus is our friend, our advocate. Why wouldn’t we start our day with prayer?

Listen to my words, Lord,
    consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
    my King and my God,
    for to you I pray.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:1-3, NIV)

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

SHARE THE LOVE!

September 18, 2013

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

Share the 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 the body of Christ supporting and encouraging one another. These Christians 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 pass His comfort on to 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 with the love of our Savior.

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

WE ARE ALL MISSIONARIES!

August 14, 2013

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV)

Work for Jesus

When the apostle Paul tells us to fully work unto the Lord, he does not mean we must be working as missionaries in “full-time Christian effort.” He understands that all of life is holy and sacred to God. If our motive is to serve God where we are, then our labor “in the Lord is not in vain.”

As you begin your work today, ask God if you are working with the primary motive of reflecting His life and character through your work on this day. Let nothing move you from this motive being central to your activity. The Lord will reflect His power and leading in and through your life when this becomes your primary motive.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ.”

WORK MATTERS!

June 24, 2013

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1, NIV)

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Paul tells us to live a life worthy of the vocation we have received. This statement implies three things to me.

First, the calling of God on your life can be in your workplace – flipping burgers or heading up the boardroom. It isn’t necessary for all of us to be working as paid professional ministers. Thank God for those who are, but thank God we are not all called to do the same thing.

Second, our vocations are important to the Lord. Too many Christians think their only purpose for being in the business world is to become a “cash cow” for Christ. Granted, more income means you can and should give more, but there is so much more to being a Christian than just paying your tithes and offerings. It is an opportunity for you to mentor, disciple (or at least model) the Christian life as an example to others. It is also a place where you can excel by learning how to apply Biblical principles and strategies to your life. When you excel, you gain a platform from which to glorify Christ to a broader audience.

Third, we are to live our lives in ways that bring worth and credit to our vocation. We are not to bring a criticism to the name of Christ in the way we conduct our vocation, but rather honor. So let us choose to walk worthy of the vocation God has called us to and, in so doing, glorify Him!

Work Matters

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

A MATTER OF CHOICE!

June 10, 2013

And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”  The man said, “The woman you put here with me — she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:11-13, NIV)

Apple

It’s human nature to blame others for our mistakes. After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam immediately blamed Eve when He was confronted by God. Eve blamed the serpent. Neither accepted responsibility for themselves. So it’s no wonder that when we fall into sin, we immediately place the blame one someone or something else.

Not only is this true of personal sin, but it is also true of corporate sin. It’s easy to be swayed by others when we are in a group. The teacher’s lounge, the conference room, governments, even bible study groups create environments where one person can influence the decisions of the entire group. Teachers may ban together against certain parents, business managers may choose to cut quality to increase profits, governments may become deceptive “for the good of the people”, and “good” Christians may decide to ban someone from their group because of a perceived sin they think that person may have committed.

We need to be extremely careful that we’re not the ones who sway others to go against the teaching of Christ. Jesus taught us, “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!(Matthew 18:7, NIV)

Each of us has a responsibility to do what is right. If someone in your “group” has convinced the rest of the group to do something that goes against biblical teaching, you need to be the one to stand up and say “no, that isn’t right.”  We need to treat people with love and respect – just as Jesus did. Our relationship with Christ is much more important than company profits or anything else for that matter.

It’s simply a matter of choice! When we make mistakes – and we are going to make plenty – we need to accept responsibility. Just as God created Adam and Eve to make choices, He made us the same way. The choices we make either bring us closer to Christ or to the serpent in the garden.

choices

Choose wisely! Your future depends on it!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

IT ALL PAYS THE SAME!

June 7, 2013

“… and because he was a tent maker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.” (Acts 18:3-4, NIV)

Paul in the Synagogue

Many of us don’t consider the fact that Paul was a tent maker before he became an evangelist. As such, he was able to see himself as a man of the people. This is obvious from the company he kept, and from the places he found his listeners. He spent his days (and nights) with ordinary people who worked ordinary jobs and lived ordinary lives. The book of Acts records several instances where Paul talked to people assembled in the marketplace – or town square – a logical place to find a group of people in those small, yet crowded towns.

How did his work as a tent maker fit into this? By having a trade of his own, Paul sent an important signal to the people that Christianity respects and values the honest work of one’s hands. The results of a person’s honest daily work, and the fruit of his or her skills, are to be respected. By spending time with fellow tent maker, Aquila, Paul made a friend, got a place to live, got a base for his evangelism work, and gave a very visible sign to everyone that honest daily work is a good thing.

In that sense, all Christians have their faith and the value of their daily work in common. It doesn’t make any difference whether the work is paid or unpaid. We are all of the same trade, and when the work is done in a spirit of obedience to God, it all (in a manner of speaking) pays the same.

Heaven

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!


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