Persevere with hope for the Lord is your help and shield. Trust in his holy name, and allow your heart to be filled with joy. (Ps 33:20-21)!
Christ is the source of inner strength that enables you to persevere in any environment as you are transformed into Christ’s image. God’s promises are sufficient for a life of confident faith on every mountain top, in every shadowed valley, and through every parched wilderness.
Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed over sin and death on the cross and won the victory.
Sadly we still see evil triumph at times in this world. But those triumphs are fleeting from an eternal perspective. For Jesus remains victorious. Nobody can reverse Jesus’ victory. Satan and his demonic powers cannot overcome Jesus’ victory, for Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The interpersonal conflicts, office politics, sin and temptation that we all struggle with on a daily basis are not the final story.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Through faith in God’s promises we know that the blood of Christ has accomplished the victory over all our defects, failings, sin and shame. We look forward with hope to the day when God will remove all the disgrace of our identity marred by sin, and establish us in his Kingdom with the true identity that he created us with.
In the meantime don’t harden your heart! Listen to God’s voice, and enjoy the heavenly manna which provides the vitamins, minerals and proteins necessary to sustain your life and nourish your hope.
You demonstrate to the watching world the transcendent reality of God’s victory when you express your faith through how you do your work, through your love, and through your obedience to God. Jesus promises those whose faithful lives demonstrate Christ’s victory that they will be with him in paradise forever, enjoying the wisdom and fruit from the tree of life.
Keep pressing on with faith rooted in the past victory of Christ’s death and resurrection! Press on with faith grounded in the present reality that God has overcome the world! Press on with faith confident of a future eternal life in God’s kingdom where there is no sin!
How would a friend describe your behavior compared to a year ago? Would they say you have become more Christ like, or would they say that the negative attitudes and behaviors of your co-workers have rubbed off on you?
Being a Christian, doesn’t make us immune from becoming acclimatized to the culture of our workplace. Sometimes when we look at the behavior successful people have adopted, we tend to stifle the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit so that we can fit in. Slowly, without realizing what is happening we suppress our awareness of God and negative behaviors and attitudes insidiously sneaks into our lives. Just as each workplace is different, the sinful behavior that we pick up from our workplace is different for each of us.
God saw how some people living in the faith communities at the end of the first century had assimilated the culture of the cities where they lived and worked. In the letters John wrote to these churches in Revelation 2 and 3, God establishes that that he is fully aware, and more than sufficient to meet every need in their current situation. He longs for their relationship with him to be restored. God invites them to repent from abandoning their first love for Christ; or from being lured away by sexual impurity; or from being lulled to sleep by apathy; or from allowing luxury and riches to become substitutes for life in the Spirit.
With great love and compassion, the Good Shepherd searches our hearts and minds to see if there be any wicked way in us. He invites us to repent so that we can stand righteously in his Holy presence. He makes a salve to put on our eyes so that we can see the truth and see his love and grace. He offers us gold refined in the fire so that we can become rich spiritually. These are priceless treasures that the culture of our workplace can never compete with.
People are looking today for men and women who are totally comfortable living and relating with all members of society, while being graciously unwavering in their convictions and faith in God. To be this kind of person, we need to embrace the love and acceptance of Christ in every situation, so that we are totally comfortable in our own skin. When we are not looking for anything from our workplace, except to be God’s humble servant, we become shining beacons of God’s love.
I am thankful that God created you! I am delighted that God placed you exactly where you are, in the family he chose for you. God has blessed you with your unique personality, skills and gifts knowing that these are exactly what are needed today in this place where you find yourself.