Come Away

For one moment, I invite you to step away from a world filled with manipulation, fear, lies and platitudes. Come away with the apostle John for a glimpse into the throne room of heaven. The first thing you see is the throne of God. This is where it all began. Watch in wonder as the Sovereign God reigns over your workplace, your family situation, your plans and your future.

 

Focus for a moment on the 24 elders seated on thrones surrounding God’s throne. People like you who have faithfully believed in God and who are now reigning with God in Heaven. People like you who have been clothed in white robes, and crowned with golden crowns. Yes! There is a day coming when you will be clothed in white, forgiven, redeemed!

 

Do you see the rainbow, gleaming like an emerald surrounding the throne? A reminder that God is faithful to all of his promises.

 

Feel the power of the flashes of lightning and the rumbling and peals of thunder originating from God’s throne. Yes! God alone has sufficient power for the rest of your days.

 

Shield your eyes from the brilliance of the seven blazing torches in front of the throne as they cast God’s light into the darkest of places in the world. As they cast their light into the darkest nooks and crannies of your life.

 

Notice the calmness of the sea in front of the throne. The water is crystal clear and totally still. Unlike the stress and busyness of your life there isn’t even a ripple on the water. Take in the reflections of the light and the reverberations of the sounds from this crystal clear, perfectly still sea.

 

Bask in the color, the movement, the wonder of this whole scene. Allow your sense to process the pageantry, the majesty and the glory of what you see. Do you see the four animals prowling around the Throne?

 

Do you see their eyes looking forward, eyes looking behind and eyes looking all around? Listen, do you hear what they are saying about what they see with regards to your situation, your workplace? They are saying …

 

“‘Holy, holy, holy 
is the Lord God Almighty,’ 
who was, and is, and is to come.” 

 

They were the saying these same words when they saw Adam and Eve eat from the tree of good and evil. They were saying these words when Joseph was thrown into prison. They were saying these words when Jesus rose from the dead.

 

They were saying these words when they observed your birth. They are saying these words today at this moment, even as you are reading this. They will be saying these same words tomorrow …

 

“‘Holy, holy, holy 
is the Lord God Almighty,’ 
who was, and is, and is to come.” 

 

Let these words sink deeply into your soul. The Lord God was Holy and Almighty yesterday when this all started. The Lord God is Holy and Almighty today in the middle of your circumstances. The Lord God will be Holy and Almighty tomorrow come what may.

 

Watch as the twenty-four elders fall on their knees before the One Seated on the Throne, the one who lives for ever and ever. Listen as they in worship proclaim …

 

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, 
    to receive glory and honor and power, 
for you created all things, 
    and by your will they were created 
    and have their being.” 

 

God is worthy of receiving glory and honor and power for creating you, and for creating all the people who are around you in your life.

 

Before you step back into the hustle and bustle of your life how will you respond? … Will you join in worship proclaiming that God is worthy to receive glory and honor and power right now and for every moment of the days, months and years of your life? Or will you walk away from this scene and find your own way to cope with life?

 

Prayer 

 

Lord, forgive me, I have allowed the stress and worries of my life to become all consuming. I have focused on the words and actions of people, instead of focusing on your holiness and trusting in your power. Lord, you made a good decision when you created me and placed me where I am today. Father you are worthy of receiving all the glory, all the honor and all the power for my life today. Amen

Persevere

 

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!

Workplace Acclimatization

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!

I Thank my God every time I remember you! (Phi 1:3)

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.

I am thankful that you got up this morning and went to work. I am thankful that you do your work with excellence. The work you, your department and your company does makes a difference in somebody’s life and in the city where you work. I am thankful that you approach your work with joy. Your joy is contagious, lighting up your workplace.

I appreciate you for smiling at somebody today. I am grateful that you encouraged someone today. Your words or your smile may have been the only smile or encouraging word that somebody heard today. Thank you for your tenderness, compassion, and genuine concern for the welfare of your co-workers.

Thank you for bringing God’s presence and God’s light into your workplace. You are a beacon of hope. Your co-workers notice a difference because you demonstrate God’s grace in your conversations, meetings, and customer interactions.

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil 1:6)

Your behavior and conversations at work are a testimony to God’s redeeming and transforming power. I know that there are many temptations at work, but I am thankful to God that he is able to deliver us from all these temptations through Jesus Christ our Lord. That you are seldom heard grumbling or complaining at work demonstrates your firm conviction in God’s sovereignty. Your quiet confidence and lack of anxiety is a shining beacon of God’s peace reigning in your heart.

May your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. May you be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God! (Phil 1:9-11)

Who do you need to express thanks to today?