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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”!

A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION!

December 26, 2013

“You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3, NIV)

Distorted Worship

How do you view your work? Do you worship God through your work, or do you simply worship your work? I am convinced work can become an idol in our lives. The most destructive and dangerous idols we worship are seldom made of wood or stone, but rather the idols that lurk within human hearts. But Scripture is clear. God will not share His glory with anyone or anything. God will not allow any rivals. Our ultimate allegiance, the greatest love of our hearts, is to be God and God alone!

One of the ways we make work an idol is to become a workaholic. This form of idolatry is rampant today and often points to a deeper issue in our lives. Work idolatry is often driven by our pursuit of the American dream, of material comforts, of financial security, or by our attempts to prop up a certain image of success about ourselves. Sometimes we can hide this type of idolatry from ourselves by believing that we are working toward loyalty and commitment within our workplace in order to receive promotions and advancement. Workplace idolatry can also be driven by overextended living, materialistic greed, and even rebellion against God. Regardless of the form it takes, excessive devotion to work inevitably crowds out our relationship with God and sets work up as the ultimate reality in our lives. When this happens, we realize that we no longer view our work as a way to worship the Lord, but we have learned to worship our work and place the Lord somewhere beneath it in our quest for success.

In a few days we will be starting a new year. Many of us will be putting together a list of resolutions that will define our priorities as this new year begins to unfold. My prayer for each of us is to consider using our work as a way to worship our Savior and not to worship our work in a way that will destroy our relationship with Him. I pray, too, that this blog will become an avenue for those in the workplace to seek Him first in everything we do.

New Year Resolutions

God bless you and enjoy the New Year, “Working for Christ!”

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

November 28, 2013

I’m thankful for each and every one of you, your blogs, your encouragement, and your love of the Lord!

Thanksgiving

Thank you for sharing yourselves with me. You were there as I fought through my cancer and you’ve reminded me where my strength comes from. You keep me focused on the priorities in my life and you keep me pointing upward!

God bless you! Enjoy your Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones – and especially with our Lord – the Giver of all things!

Enjoy your day, “Working 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!”

WE NEED A LITTLE MORE JESUS!

November 14, 2013

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18, NIV)

Work

Why do we get up every morning at 6:00 a. m. so we can get to work by eight? Why do we spend all day in our offices, classrooms, cubicles, and other places eight hours a day, five days a week doing things we truly dislike? Is it simply so we can make enough money to pay for the things we need to survive, or is there more to it?

I talk to very few people who really love their jobs. Occasionally I’ll find a teacher who’s doing it for the kids or a doctor who is really trying to make the world a better place for the rest of us, but generally speaking most of the people I talk to are working just to pay the bills – because they have to. They don’t like their jobs. As a result their attitudes suffer.

When we dislike things, we tend to complain. We’re quick to “strike out” at someone for no reason at all. When someone hurts us, we feel the need to get back at them. We lose our compassion. We have no desire to “love” those around us. We develop “road rage” – not just on the road, but in our lives in general. All we want is for this day, this week, this month, and this job to be over! It’s extremely difficult to see any “good” in the things and the situations around us.

Peter tells us to chill out! We are to model ourselves after Christ. Take a look at all the things Christ endured, especially the cruel death He accepted so that we could “find” Him. Of course, Christ wants us to love our jobs – whatever we do – but it is much more important to “die” to those things that are bringing us down and to “live” for those things that bring us closer to the Lord! We will never truly be happy until we accept the Holy Spirit into our lives and turn away from those things that cause us grief.

Here’s what the Psalmist has to say:

“Whoever would love life
    and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
    and their lips from deceitful speech.

They must turn from evil and do good;
    they must seek peace and pursue it.

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (Psalm 34:12-16, NIV)

We don’t need to change careers or jobs to find happiness or contentment. We just need a little more Jesus!

Holy Spirit

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

REST FOR OUR SOULS!

November 13, 2013

“Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30)

Rest in Him (2)

Jesus commands us to love each other (John 15:12). If we accept this commandment as Jesus’ “yoke”, He promises to teach us to be more like Him. He promises that we will become more gentle and humble. He tells us that we will find rest in Him.

Those who follow Jesus’ commandment entirely, who let Jesus’ yoke rest on them without resistance, will find the burden they must bear to be light. In the gentle pressure of this yoke they will receive the strength to walk the right path without becoming tired. Where will the call to discipleship lead those who follow it? What decisions and painful separations will it entail? We must take this question to Him who alone knows the answer. Only Jesus Christ, who asks us to follow him, knows where the path will lead. But we know that it will be a path full of mercy beyond measure. Discipleship is pure joy.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long. Psalm 25:4–5

To become a disciple is not just to believe in Jesus, it is also to follow Him – not just while we’re at church on the weekend, but everyday, in everything we do. At work, at play, at home – no matter where we are, we need to live as if Jesus was standing right next to us. When we accept the “yoke” of loving each other, we invite Christ to live not beside us, but within us! That truly becomes rest for our souls!

Jesus

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

THINGS ARE JUST “THINGS!”

October 21, 2013

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NIV)

mercedes

So, if I take pleasure in the Lord, He will give me whatever I want, right? Wow! That really sounds easy. Whatever my heart desires, right? So why do I drive a 2003 “tin can on wheels” and not a brand new 2014 Mercedes E Class sports car? Isn’t that what I really want? Maybe I’d rather have a 5,000 square foot home on a crystal clear lake facing west so I could enjoy the beautiful sunset every single night.

Just imagine all the “things” your heart desires. Is that what David (the Psalmist) wants us to think about? Not at all. Take a few minutes to read the entire Psalm (Psalm 37). It speaks nothing about getting the things we want. It is all about instruction. It teaches us not to worry about other people who may have acquired things through evil intentions. It teaches us not to be envious for the things others may have. It teaches us to trust the Lord, to commit ourselves to Him, to patiently wait for Him, and to turn from evil so that we may do good.

We are instructed not only to depend on God, but to also find comfort in Him. We should be pleased that there is a God, that He has revealed Himself to us, and that He alone is our salvation. We are taught to be pleased in His beauty, bounty, and compassion; our souls must return to Him and find rest in Him. We are instructed to be totally satisfied with His loving-kindness and to make that our exceeding joy.

In other words, when we take delight in the Lord, the desire of our heart is no longer in “things”, but it has transformed into a desire to be filled with the Spirit of God – to be filled with the love of our Savior. The things in our lives simply become “things”. They no longer control the way we live.

Filled with the Spirit

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”


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