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?

Look No Further

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God (Rom 11:33a NIV)

You do not need to look any further! You are known! You are loved! You are secure!

 

Jesus knows your name. Jesus knows where you live and work. He is fully aware of your social, economic, cultural and political situation. He knows what people are saying about you. He knows exactly how you feel about your work.

 

This knowledge that Jesus has about you, and your workplace is not information that he gleaned from Google or Facebook or Twitter or watching the news. God’s has intimate, first-hand knowledge because he is present, and his light shines right where you are.

 

Jesus is aware of your deeds, your hard work, your perseverance. He knows that you have not grown weary when enduring hardship for your faith. In the midst of your afflictions Jesus has blessed you with heavenly riches. Jesus sees your faithfulness even when you are surrounded by people whose lifestyles do not reflect Christ’s character. Jesus knows you are maturing in your love, faith, courage and service. He sees that your clothes are unsoiled by sin. Jesus is fully aware of how your life bravely and steadfastly points to the name of Jesus.

 

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God (Rom 11:33a NIV)

 

Jesus celebrates you distinctiveness from the fads and fashions of this world. Jesus rejoices over your contributions to society, your workplace, and your neighborhood. Continue to be shaped and sustained by the living truths of Christ. Continue to walk with Jesus! Rest in the security of God’s love! Eagerly continue to seek God for sustenance and strength – for it is only in God’s strength and the power of the Holy Spirit that you will continue to persevere.

 

With the Apostle Paul in faith declare I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day (2 Tim 1:12b)

 

What Do You Need

Taste and See That the Lord is Good

I was having breakfast with a friend a few weeks ago, and he asked me “what do you need?” His question caught me off guard. Living in an affluent society, with everything going well, there isn’t much that I need right now. I named a few trivial things that would make life more convenient. I am sure that if health, or finances, or shelter or relationships were a burning issue, I would have said that I needed those issues resolved. Our conversation moved on to other topics, but his question remained in the back of my mind.

Having thought about this some more, I believe what I need, is something that we all need.

We need to see God at home in the ordinary, everyday moments of our life. We need God to infuse these moments with His grace. Only when we listen to God will we hear his invitation to put our hope in the Lord, not ourselves or our works. When have a clear vision of God at the center of the universe orchestrating the minutest details perfectly, we are set free from controlling or manipulating. Fortunately a clear vision of God is easy to find, for God has taken the initiative to reveal himself.

Too begin to comprehend who God is spend time studying the Bible. Become familiar with the myriad images of God, and the diverse ways God works that are revealed throughout Scripture. As we walk through the various stages of our life new truths will leap off the pages of Scripture and speak to our changing circumstances.

Taste and see that the Lord is Good (Ps 34:8 NLT)

Aha moments will come as we are able to correlate stories and pictures of God between different passages. The Apostle John, having lived a life saturated in God’s word describes vivid images of God in Revelation that one can only start to comprehend by relating them to other passage in Scripture where those images are more fully developed.

Beyond a vision of God, more than an academic understanding of God, we need to experience God. Not an emotional experience, but a spiritual experience between our soul and God’s Spirit. This requires faith. Faith is a gift that God freely gives to those who ask for it. Faith in God gives an eternal perspective to our lives, to our career, and what is happening in our workplace. Faith in God may not change our circumstances. Faith in God does allow God to transform us into his likeness.

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy (PS 34:5 NLT)

All that we need is God, the Alpha and the Omega; who is, who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Rev 1:8). God is sufficient for everything that you or I need today.

Read Revelation 1:9-20 on BibleGateway

Grace and Peace To You

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come (Rev 1:4) Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come (Rev 1:4)


When the apostle John, was exiled to the Island of Patmos because of the word of God, God did not offer him platitudes, or explanations. God reveals himself to John in all his glory. God desired that John’s mind would be saturated with thoughts of God, not dwelling on his circumstances. God wanted John to be blown away by his concept of God, not by what he could or couldn’t see. God gave John the opportunity to live by faith not by works, with hope not despair, filled with love not hatred.

In the midst of life God reveals himself to you so that you can understand the real forces at work in this world. God’s revelation helps you see that history is not just a haphazard sequence of unrelated events but a divinely orchestrated mysterious masterpiece.

God, the Alpha and Omega, who is complete in himself, has revealed all that he has intended for you to know. And that is more than sufficient. God is an infinity that you will never be able to fully explore or comprehend during our finite lives.

God desires that you move away from an intellectual, rational understanding of life, to a fresh, intimate, rich, imaginative relational experience with the Creator. Hear with your mind and emotions what God is saying to you.

Treasure the stabilizing center of peace and grace for your life that the God who is, who was and who is to come offers you. Embrace the love and freedom from your sins that Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of this earth offers you by his blood.

You have freedom from what can’t be explained so that you can contemplate and adore God. To him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Read Revelation 1:1-8 on BibleGateway

Wait In Hope

We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice, 
for we trust in his holy name. 
May your unfailing love be with us, 
Lord,even as we put our hope in you.
Ps 33:20-22

Wait in hope for the Lord! May your heart be filled with joy as you trust in God’s holy name!

 

It is easy in pain or affliction to speak wrong things, or to let roots of bitterness spring up in your life. Peace can’t and won’t co-exist with bitterness. Evil speech chases thanksgiving far away. Lies block joy from entering your heart. Confess your sins, leave them at the foot of the cross. Allow the blood of Christ to wash away all your shame, sorrow, worries and fears that are written on your face. Having received forgiveness, in silence quietly seek refuge in the Lord, the Holy One who has made you holy.

 

In the stillness of waiting, remember how God has blessed you and brought you to this point in your life.

 

As you wait in God’s presence, look up! Gaze upon your Lord’s face! Bask in the radiance of his love and delight in you. Allow God’s radiance to transform your face to reflect his life, light, love and joy.

 

Don’t be in a hurry to leave God’s presence. God is the only one who can provide you with the grace you need for today. Let God’s goodness, like the scent of a rose, or the taste of a sweet morsel saturate your senses. As you savor the Lord’s goodness, stand in awe at God’s majesty.

 

Standing before God who is too wise to make a mistake, and to loving to be unkind, ask for wisdom. God has words of wisdom to direct, guide, protect and keep you. Silently listen to what your Lord has to say to you. Accept God’s grace so that you can obediently take the next faithful step in your journey.

 

As you take one step forward, with your heart filled with joy, invite others to join you in glorifying and praising the Lord.

 

Before you take the next step, or worry about next week wait in hope for the Lord. May your heart be overflowing with joy as you trust in God’s holy name!

Cry For Mercy

For, You Lord have delivered me!

The Lord hears your voice wherever and whenever you cry for mercy! Call on the name the Lord to save you when the cords of death entangle you! When your cheeks are wet with tears and you feebly whisper “Lord, save me”, God will bow done from his throne in heaven and place his ear by your face to hear your frail cry of anguish. You can call on God as long as you live, and God will always hear you!

God is always merciful to you. There has never been a time, and never will be a time when God isn’t good. God is more gracious than we deserve. God is full of compassion for you. God will help you bear the worst and hope for the best.

Allow God’s goodness to overwhelm you. God is close beside you as you walk through the dark valleys. There is no place for any of your fears in the presence of God’s perfect love. Even in your anguish, God continues to honor you by anointing your head with oil. God’s goodness and unfailing love will continue to pursue you no matter what is happening in your life.

God invites you to return to him and rest your weary soul. God’s hands are your only safe refuge. As you rest at the feet of God, God will nourish your soul and give you the strength to face tomorrow. Why would you go anywhere else, when God has been gracious, compassionate and merciful to you?

God walks beside you in the land of the living as you make each decision and take the next step in this journey. Even though life may not be turning out the way you expected, walk beside God Almighty faithfully and blamelessly.

You are God’s servant! You are created in God’s image! You are redeemed by the blood of Christ. You have been placed by God in his creation – a land of mercy and a land of opportunity! Choose to continue to serve the Lord and fulfill your vows. When you are ready, share your story of God’s goodness, grace, mercy and compassion in the presence of all God’s people so that you can comfort and bring hope to others.

Offer up to God as a sweet smelling offering your praise and thanksgiving for what the Lord is doing for you.

Read Psalm 116 on BibleGateway

How can you sing for joy?

Come let us sing for joy to the Lord

God is the rock of your salvation! God is constantly whispering to you that there is nothing and nobody in this world who can separate you from his love.

The Lord is the great King above all gods and above all rulers! Stop worrying about what is happening in this world because the King of Kings is on his throne! Instead do your work with excellence, love your co-workers, customers, family and friends with God’s love.

God who alone holds the depths of the earth in his hands, who created the mountain peaks, who made the sea and formed the dry land, knows exactly what you need to solve the challenges you face at work. Take time today to enjoy all that God has created. Ask with confidence knowing that God hears your requests, has the wisdom you need, and will answer.

God is your Maker! God hasn’t made a mistake in where you live, in the family he chose for you, or the skills and talents that you have! Honor the Lord, God your Maker, by obediently, quietly faithfully persevering as a parent, friend and worker.

The Good Shepherd is your shepherd. The only safe place for you is in God’s presence! There you will experience God’s watchful care and provision. The Good Shepherd is the only one who knows the safe pathways for your life. Don’t wander away. The grass isn’t greener outside his sheepfold. Listen to his voice – he knows what you need, he knows when you need it and he alone is capable of providing what you need.

Yes, life can be difficult. Living your life constantly in God’s presence is not always easy. However it is the best place to be. The story of King David, who was anointed by Samuel to be King, but who had to run and hide from King Saul for many years is a testimony of a life lived in God’s presence. David shares his joy and his struggles in the Psalms so that you can know that what you are experiencing is not unique.

As you listen to God’s voice, bow down and worship, Kneel before the Lord your maker! May your heart be filled with songs of joy and thanksgiving as you obey what the Lord has to say to you today!

Never Forsaken

God will never leave you; God will never forsake you!

Because God speaks … Because you are welcome in God’s presence … Because Christ died for you … Because you are God’s child … boldly, confidently and with thanksgiving, live your life in a way that is pleasing to God, and not to man.

Boldly continue to love your brothers and sisters, eagerly sharing God’s blessings with them, even when their humanity threatens to evaporate your love for them. Courageously show hospitality to all people with compassionate deeds and genuine caring – for they are created in God’s image, and Christ died for them.

 

Honor your spouse and keep your marriage bed pure. Shamelessly turn away from immorality, adultery and pornography.

 

Confidently go about your day, knowing that the eternal God will never leave you or forsake you. Your prayers are rising like sweet incense before his throne. He knows your laughter and tears, joys and frustrations. When your life is right with Christ, you do not have to be afraid of anybody. The Lord, robed in Majesty and armed with strength is your helper, there is nothing anybody can do separate you from our Holy God who loves you.

 

Demonstrate your contentment with what God has blessed you with by doing your best as a worker, a parent, a spouse, or a friend. Leave the outcome of your work in the hands of a providential God who knows what is best for you.

 

Allow gratitude to fill your life so that there is no place for greed, selfishness, jealousy or lust.

 

Give thanks with a grateful heart for your brothers and sisters in Christ, for your spouse and family, for what you have materially and most of all for the Lord. Give thanks that Jesus is unchanging, that God is with you! Give thanks for God’s grace, for Christ’s sacrifice, for God’s discipline, for the warm invitation to come into God’s presence.

 

God Speaks

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth (Ps 119:103)

I know God speaks, but do I want to listen? I am doing just fine on my own.

Am I afraid of what God is going to say me? I am told God is a consuming fire and a jealous God – will he speak words of punishment that will cause me to beg him to be silent? Will he command me to do things that I am unable or unwilling to do?
Will I turn away from the one who warns from heaven? Will I refuse the God who speaks?
God’s powerful words laid the earth’s foundations in place and set the heaven’s in place. His trustworthy words call out at the city gates.
God’s eternal words lead to the paths of righteousness, shining ever brighter until the full light of day. His words lead to safety, away from snares that cause feet to stumble. His words cast out all fear, and bring sweet sleep. His words are the way of faithfulness.
God’s unblemished words are words of unfailing love. His good word leads to blessing, and to the favor of the Lord. His words are right and true. Words that open eyes to see amazing things.
God’s flawless words offer wisdom, knowledge, judgment, understanding, insight, discretion and discernment. His words are more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. They are more precious than rubies. His words are words of counsel and sound judgment. They are words of insight and power.
God’s perfect words are a bubbling brook of love, grace, compassion, that cleanses with comfort and healing. His words provide strength to face the day. God calls you by your name.
God’s desires to teach his words. His Sweet words are the only way to stay on the path of purity. His words light the path. His strong words lead away and rescue from sin and shame.
God’s wonderful words are a refuge and shield in times of trouble. His delightful words sustain and uphold those who are lonely, despised, in trouble or distress. His words answer every cry for help through the watches of the night.
God’s words are alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, they penetrate even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. They judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart 1.
Each of God’s words will accomplish what he desires, and will achieve the purpose for which they were spoken. Not one of his words is wasted.
The paradox of listening to and obeying God’s words is that his words lead to freedom.
Hope anchored in God’s words will never be shaken for his words are eternal. God’s words stand firm in the heavens.
Living a life responding to God’s word is proof of the existence and character of God.
Prayer:
My ways are in full view of you Lord. You examine all my paths. Search me and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me 2.
Today I choose to write God’s words on my heart that I might not sin. Today I choose to obey God’s words with grateful trust and love. Today, with thanksgiving that God has spoken, I choose to worship with awe and reverence. Help me to hear your voice as you walk in righteousness through my workplace and city.
Scripture – Hebrews 12:25-29 
See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire”.