Faith @ Work – Bridging Two Worlds

Seek first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33-34)


At your workplace your life is intertwined with the real stories, hurts, experiences, fears, success and failures of your co-workers. At the same time, your life is immersed in the scriptures, living and inhaling the love, hope, and grace of Christ. How do you connect these two kingdoms? Or are they two separate worlds?

Bridging these worlds occurs as you interact with people. It is in your relationships with people that you exhale the love, hope and grace of God.

I would suggest that you can connect these two worlds by seeking God and his righteousness in the midst of the all the stories that your life is intertwined with. Doing your work with excellence, constantly learning and improving your skills, will earn you the right to be heard and respected for constantly seeking God and his righteousness.

Seeking God requires an absolute trust in the solid rock of your loving Heavenly Father. There is no place for worry in your heart when you are wholeheartedly seeking God. A life of trust, a life without worry is contagious. God knows your needs. God alone is capable of providing for your needs! God knows the hearts of the people you are dealing with. Only God can transform their hearts.

Seeking God’s righteousness requires a constant careful examination of your own life so that you guard against sin. This includes the sins of judging others, and focusing on the faults of others, rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to transform your life into Christ’s image. An attitude of seeking God’s righteousness, involves an attitude of forgiveness towards others even as you have been forgiven. Christ is willing to forgive you and forgive your co-workers. God is able to provide you with wisdom so that your righteousness shines brightly in your conversations and conduct so that Christ in you, the hope of glory is revealed.

In quiet confidence, with your head held high, with a holy faith, knowing that you are secure in your Father’s hand – passionately ask, seek, and knock at the throne room of heaven on behalf of the real stories of your colleagues. Ask, seek and knock until they receive with gratitude God’s precious gifts, until they are transformed by Christ, until they open the door and enter by faith into God’s Kingdom.

 

Read Matthew 6:25-34 on BibleGateway

Faith @ Work – God upholds the righteous

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine. (Isa 43:1b)


How will you respond to what the people around you are doing? The Bible assures us that God knows what is going on and controls each person’s destiny. God guarantees the blameless that their righteousness will shine like the dawn and that they will spend eternity under the Lord’s care with an inheritance that will endure forever. So why expend energy fretting about other people when you can trust God’s promises to sustain the righteous?

Yes you may stumble, or fret, we all do – but God promises to uphold you with his mighty hand so that your feet never slip. God is your stronghold in times of trouble. Take refuge in God for he will never forsake you. As God’s righteous child, God will enable you to do good, to be just and faithful right where you are working and living today. Seek the Lord and God will grant you words of wisdom and a tongue that speaks what is just in every situation.

God cares for you, his child! You don’t need to get all worked up. Be still and wait patiently for God and in his time, his peace will flood your soul. God is trustworthy so focus your energies on doing good, and dwelling where God has placed you. God has showered you with an abundance of blessings, so invest your time in getting to know him more. Roll the burdens that people around you are placing on your back to the foot of the cross so that you are free to serve God better – for his yoke is easy and his burden is light.

In the morning select one of God’s many precious promises and remind yourself of that promise before each activity throughout your workday.

Hope in the Lord and keep his way!!

Read Psalm 37 on BibleGateway

Faith @ Work – Stressful Work Days

A bruised reed he will not break,and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. (Isa 42:3)


Stressful days. Days when the boss drops three piles of work on your desk just as you are ready to go home and demands that it be ready for the next morning. Times when your computer dies when you have 15 minutes left to finish your presentation. Days when the best you can do is shake your head at the way your managers, customers, or co-workers are behaving. Days when it feels like you got out of the wrong side of bed, or everybody in your company got out of the wrong side of bed.

It’s hard to believe that Jesus meets us in our stress. There are times when I wish I hadn’t allowed the stress in my life to consume me. I wish I always could believe that Jesus who was wounded for my healing, loves to heal me in my stress so that I can bring healing to others. I know in my heart that this is a present reality, but in my mind I sometimes wonder if it is just a psychological possibility. Thanks be to God that Jesus rewards me for my faithfulness and not my feelings

Today Jesus in his righteousness is with you. Jesus is taken the broken places where your work, and the broken pieces of your life and raising them to new life and giving them new meaning. Because of Jesus’ infinite grace and the redemptive power of forgiveness, you are growing into a mature, compassionate and wise leader. Praise the Lord!

Jesus delights in your continued faithfulness in your workplace. Jesus mourns with your struggle to cope with yet another tough, stressful workday. Jesus continues to strengthen you so that you don’t grow weary you as you faithfully, prayerfully, possibly tearfully prepare to go back again tomorrow. Jesus knows your faithfulness. Jesus knows your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. Jesus knows that you continue to demonstrate Christ’s love in your workplace. Jesus knows that you have remained true to his Holy name, and not walked away from your faith. The one who is holy and true, knows your deeds, knows that though you are weak you continue to faithfully depend on his strength.

Continue to buy from God gold refined in the fire so that you build up treasures in heaven. Allow Christ to keep on cleansing you from all unrighteousness so that you may wear clothes washed whiter than snow. Allow Jesus to touch your eyes, so that you might see Christ. Continue to be faithful and one day Christ will crown you with the victor’s crown and grant you the right to eat from the tree of life which is in the paradise of God. The day is coming when you will reign with him in glory forever.

Read Isa 43:1-4 on BibleGateway

Faith @ Work – Singing Joyfully to the Lord

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
(Ps 33:3-4)


Do you find yourself having trouble today in your world? Are things going differently then what you planned? Are people behaving in ways you didn’t expect them to behave? Look to Jesus – he knows that you would have trouble in this world. Jesus died for you, Jesus overcame the world, so that you might have peace today!

There is nothing that man has invented or that God has created that can save your soul. The Lord who watches over you is the only one who can save you and keep you during this time in the desert – if you will obey and trust him.

Because you are righteous in the eyes of the Lord, you can sing a new song with shouts of joy to your Creator. Your song of praise is not based on your circumstances but on the fact the word of the Lord is true. God’s word which spoke the world into existence is powerful enough to deliver you, to heal you, and to restore you. God’s plans for you and for his creation stand firm forever and cannot be shaken. No matter what is going on in your life, you can trust everything God is doing.

Since God has chosen you to be his child, you are blessed and can be filled with joy today. Don’t worry – God is looking down from heaven and sees everything that is going on in your life. God knows your heart, God knows your thoughts. God knows what the people around you are doing, God knows their heart, God knows their thoughts. God understands exactly how you feel. God is the only help and shield you need today.

In the mystery of what is happening in your life, put your hope in the Lord. Rest today, with your hope in God’s unfailing love which surrounds you. Rejoice!

Read Psalm 33 on BibleGateway

Faith at Work – There is a Larger Reality

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, 
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? 
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? (Isa 40:12)

God is intimately present in all of his creation; at all times including your workplace with his inexhaustible power and love, yet God is not limited by time and space. His wisdom is there for your asking. He knows every truth about His creation, even the ones that haven’t been discovered yet. God’s authority is ruling over everything that happens at your organization. God is ruling in accordance with his loving, unchanging, unsearchable wisdom which is deeper and richer than we will ever grasp. While there is constant change happening around you, there is no change in God’s being, his moral principles, his attributes, his purposes, his motives or his promises or his love for you.

Your work and all the associated deadlines, pressures, powers, stressors and systems exist do not change the fact that God created the heavens and the earth. This world is established, firm and secure because the Lord robed in majesty and armed with strength is in complete control and is exalted above all his creation. Every task you do at work takes place amongst the dust of the earth that the Creator has weighed in a basket. Your workplace exists between the boundaries of the waters that God held in the hollow of his hand, and the mountains and hills that God weighed on the scales. (Isa 40:12). The tools you use for your work were shaped from raw materials that God created. The principles that govern your work are principles that were established by God when he created the universe.

People’s expectations of you, their love and acceptance, their manipulations, their complements and complaints, their truths, half-truths and outright lies do not change the fact that God gave each of them breath and the skills and talents they have. God in his unsearchable wisdom knows what he is doing when he places people in authority and establishes their boundaries. God created the thrones, powers, and systems of this world, and holds the wealth of this world in his hands.The Lord robed in majesty and armed with strength is in control of every aspect of your workplace.  The power of God’s love will always triumph over the love of power.

God isn’t a department, machine or computer, but a reigning, reciprocating, righteous, living, loving Lord and Father who you can have a relationship with in your workplace.