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

How Does God View Work?

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col 3:17)


Throughout our career our work experiences range from jobs we thoroughly enjoy to work we would rather not do. God sees our work differently. God sees all our work as opportunities to cooperate with his eternal purposes. When we are working God sees us as being obedient to his command. In fact work is one of the very first commands in the Bible.

Adam and Eve had the immense privilege of being the first workers. When God created the world, God allowed Adam and Eve to work to subdue and rule over the earth. We follow in their steps through our work as we continue to subdue and rule over the earth. Even before God warned Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from the tree of good and evil, God instructed Adam and Eve to work the garden and take care of it.

In other words, every job, even the simplest, most mundane or routine tasks that you do (unless it is some sort of criminal activity) has dignity and value, simply because working is being obedient to God’s command. Not only has God commanded us to work, God invites us through our work to discover every aspect of the marvelous complexity of his wonderful creation. The first task God gave Adam and Eve was naming each animal and bird that God brought before them. This creative activity of naming things still goes on today as we name new planets, name the location of new mineral deposits, or name new findings in medicine.

Being created in God’s image, when you are doing your work, whatever that might be, you are reflecting God’s love into the world and reflecting creation’s worship back to God. You can be filled with joy at work for you have the privilege of partnering with God. In fact you might be surprised, that when you start seeing your current role from God’s perspective that you will find peace and contentment. Remember that you are not working for man but for the Lord. Every responsibility of your job is the Lord’s work.

Blessings

James Bruyn


Read on Bible Gateway
Genesis 1:28

Genesis 2:15
Genesis 2:19
Colossians 3:17-24

 


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.

Salvation Accomplished

Jesus is able to save completely those who come to God through him (Heb 7:25)


Relax! Your salvation is more than a historical fact, it is a perpetual present reality, and a firm assurance for your future. Jesus saves you completely, his power knows no limits, and his love knows no boundaries. No supplements required. You don’t need to look anywhere else or try anything else. Your salvation is complete!

Rejoice! For you have found a high priest who is qualified to understand your weaknesses. You will be tempted. Life is challenging. Feelings change. But you have a certain hope that Jesus your eternal high priest is interceding for you with your Heavenly Father right this moment for every aspect of your life. He will never fail you or forsake you.

When you feel all alone you can come to God, because Jesus your high priest is continuously in God’s presence. You don’t have to worry that the line will be busy or that Jesus has gone for coffee. In God’s presence Jesus is constantly conversing with his Father who hears and grants Jesus’ requests on your behalf. When you feel like the life has been sucked out of you, Jesus has unlimited strength to renew your spirit. When you feel disqualified, Jesus your loving high priest intercedes on your behalf so that you can know that you are always acceptable in God’s presence. When you feel discouraged you can look to Jesus who has the authority and unlimited resources to supply grace and mercy in your time of need.

Praise the Lord, for his holiness; for living a life fully pleasing and faithful to his Father so that he can now intercede on your behalf. With a grateful heart give thanks that Jesus’ life and conduct was blameless so that nothing disqualified him from being your high priest so that you can know salvation right now where you live and work. Keep your eyes focused on the sinless beauty of your risen Savior who is exalted above the heavens, Jesus, who did not allow anything remotely impure to mar his life; for now he is able to decisively and powerfully act in the present on your behalf.

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
    for ever and ever!” (Rev 5:12,13)

Read Hebrews 7:24-28 on BibleGateway

Thank you for your dynamic life of hope!

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Heb 6:19)


As a pilgrim who feeds on the goodness of the promises of God with unwavering faith and steadfast endurance, you are inspiring your brothers and sisters to continue to live a life of righteousness, holiness and patience. God’s incomparable word and unrivaled power transformed your frailty into adequacy, your shame into blessing and your impotence into strength. The light of the Gospel broke into the darkness of your life illuminating your mind and heart. Your life will never be the same! Your faith in God’s redemptive work has brought forgiveness for all your sins. You have received the heavenly gift of the Holy Spirit who is willing and able to teach you all things.

When in faith you are clinging to hope, you are living a life worthy of imitation so that others will desire to serve the living God and experience hope! You have a lively hope resting on the solemn promises of God. God is absolutely trustworthy! God’s words are reliable! God stands behind his promises.

You are a well watered, cultivated field capable of producing a bountiful harvest for God’s kingdom. Hope perseveres until there is a bountiful crop. Hope doesn’t allow thorns and thistles to choke out the life of the Spirit. Hope doesn’t grow weary in doing good.

Your quiet obedience, your love, your faithful service and your diligence to your vocation is strengthening and encouraging someone today who is becoming weary of being God’s child.

As you keep your fires burning, as you remain zealous to the very end, you are a motivation to persist in faith, hope and love so that we inherit what God has promised.

Read Hebrews 6:9-20 on Bible Gateway.

Approach God’s Throne of Grace

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Heb 4:16)

Your faith in Christ is a treasure beyond price! Your faith makes you fully alive as Jesus was, makes life worth living and provides an anchor for your soul. In the place where you live and work, commit to hold firmly to your faith with courage and boldness. May your confession of faith in Christ as Lord, be accompanied by obedience and generosity. Rejoice with thanksgiving for the indescribable gift of surpassing grace that God has blessed you with. Fix your eyes and thoughts on Jesus who won the victory over sin and through whom your redemption has been permanently accomplished. Enjoy the intimate relationship you have with God because of what Jesus has done.

When you fact temptation today, Jesus offers you the strength you need to resist. Jesus has been in the thick of life, he has seen it all and experienced it all – sickness, physical weakness, moral weakness, hatred, murder, greed, dishonesty, lust and every other sin in the book. Jesus understands the temptations which lead to doubt, despair, disobedience, lack of self-love and selfish preoccupation. Jesus has endured more temptation then you or I ever faced. Jesus kept on hanging in there resisting temptation until he defeated the tempter while we often give into temptation long before it is over.

Jesus isn’t standing aloof like a spectator watching you being tempted. Jesus isn’t exasperated over your sinfulness. Jesus didn’t come to condemn you but to save you. Jesus is constantly, gently inviting you to remain with him in the most holy place, at God’s throne of grace. At God’s throne of grace you will find a sanctuary even when it seems like you can’t find a safe place on earth. There you will always find the one who longs to help you gain the stability you need to stand firm and resist temptation. God, who is sitting on the throne of grace has authority, capability and resources beyond this world. In humble worship, with earnest prayers, at God’s throne of grace, confidently state your needs with honesty and childlike faith. At God’s throne of grace there is no need to be afraid … there you will hear the words “I do not condemn you – go and sin no more”.

At this moment, in faith continue to believe that:

  • You are God’s beloved child!
  • God is your refuge and strength – an ever present help in trouble!
  • God’s power is made perfect in weakness!
  • God’s grace is sufficient for you!

Read Hebrews 4:14-16 on Bible Gateway

Enter God’s Rest

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.(Matt 11:28)


The same voice that dynamically spoke at creation passionately speaks to you today, inviting you to enter into God’s rest. For in repentance and rest is your salvation. In quietness and trust is your strength (Isa 30:15). Resting in God does not depend on what the people around you worship or do. Resting in God, depends solely on your faith in God. Rest is actively lived out in obedience to Christ, using the skills and talents God has blessed you with, where God has planted you.

God invites you today to:

  • Rest from having to take matters into your own hands;
  • Rest from trying to please other people;
  • Rest from running or aimless wandering;
  • Rest from loneliness, bondage, or shame;
  • Rest from worry … worry about your life, survival, your family, your body, your work or tomorrow;
  • Rest from fear … fear of those who mock you, hate you, or ridicule you;
  • Rest from fear of the wicked, the proud, the arrogant or those filled with perverse speech.

 God invites you today to:

  • Rest and rejoice in God’s presence, delighting in at all God has done, is doing and will do;
  • Rest allowing your faith to grow;
  • Rest and worship God;
  • Rest and hear the voice of wisdom and learn the paths of righteousness;
  • Rest so God can fill you with peace, quietness and confidence;
  • Rest so that you can be who God created you to be and do what God created you to do;
  • Rest so that you can co-labor with Christ in caring for God’s creation.

What a privilege you have as God’s child, to share in the rest that God enjoys today. Do not miss out through disobedience, a hard heart, bad choices, or lack of faith. Believe the divine promises and rest in God.

Read Hebrews 4 on BibleGateway.

A New Today – Hebrews 3


This morning brought you a new ‘today’ to hear God’s voice and to enjoy communion with Christ. Today you are holy. Today you have been purified from your sins. Today Jesus in his high priestly role has consecrated you to the service of God. Continue today to persevere in your relationship with God faithfully resting in hope. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:4). With all your heart, soul and mind resolve to do God’s will this moment and to render him obedience from your heart . May you be known as a faithful servant in God’s house.

Believe that God’s grace can triumph today. Continue to pray, continue to trust. God does speak into every situation you will face today. God is orchestrating all the events that are happening around you. Christ, as the faithful Son over God’s house, has authority and is worthy of honor in everything that happens in your life and work today. Orient your day towards heaven for you are a citizen of a realm not constrained by the conditions of earthly life.

Shoulder to shoulder with the community of faith stand firm upon the promises of God in his Word. Stand with public boldness and confidence in the hope in which you glory. Together with your brothers and sisters discern God’s voice amidst the dangers of unbelief and the deceitfulness of sin. Shout out to each other that God sees you; that God knows you and calls you by name; that God empowers you for a future he has envisioned for you.

Read Hebrews 3 on Bible Gateway.

Look to Jesus

What we do see is Jesus, made “not quite as high as angels,” and then, through the experience of death, crowned so much higher than any angel, with a glory “bright with Eden’s dawn light.” (Heb 2:9 The Message)

In the middle of your life and work, focus on Jesus, the pioneer of your salvation who was made perfect by what he suffered. When God created mankind, God crowned us with glory and honor, and put everything under our feet. However we no longer see everything “subject to us” because of the fall. What we do see … is Jesus crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death for us. As you look at Jesus, the one who set you free from slavery to the fear of death, he will show you a brighter and bigger picture filled with hope.

Jesus assures you that there is a day coming when there will be a new heaven and a new earth – God’s Kingdom – where workplaces, communities and the world will be what they were meant to be. Together with Jesus you will reign in God’s Kingdom. For Jesus with joy and delight brought you to glory, to the throne room of heaven and introduced you as one of the children God gave him. Jesus is not ashamed to call you his brother or sister.

Jesus fully understands the temptations you face, for he shared in our humanity. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus for he is able to help you when you face temptations at work. Jesus worked as a carpenter and knows what it is like for tools to be dull, or misplaced. Jesus interacted with the best and worst of people. Jesus led a group of disciples and experienced all the challenges and disappointments of friendships and betrayals, of followers and saboteurs. Look to Jesus for he is merciful, he sympathizes with you in your sufferings and trials for he has experienced them all. Look to Jesus as your example for he was faithful and endured to the end.

When you look to Jesus you can walk through this day with hope, knowing that your life can be lived as it was meant to be lived, fully alive in God’s presence.