April 6, 2014
The prevailing question of our series is, do you see God at work in your work?
We need to dig down and discover WHY God put us there and WHAT God may want to accomplish through us while we are there.
Last week we talked about keeping our eyes open to those around us who are hurting, how God gives divine appointments and opportunities.
Our work is divine. I going to say it again, our work is divine.
The question is, does God work through your work, and the answer is, He’d like to!
God wants to work through us at our work place but He needs for us to tune in to what that might look like.
In order for that to happen we have to understand….
Our Work Is Our Mission
I think we have made a huge mistake in the church world by separating the ‘secular’ from the ‘sacred’.
We have thought there was church life, and that’s the primary place the sacred is manifested. And then there’s ‘secular’ life, and that’s where we do all the other things that encompass our life.
The problem is we only spend about 4-6 hours a week directly involved in ‘church life’ but we spend 40-60 hours a week in our ‘secular life’ at the work place. That’s a 90% to 10% split! That’s about right and it’s nearly biblical in my mind.
What do I mean by that?
Just this: when Jesus came to earth he worked the first 30 years of His life in his father Joseph’s carpenter shop. He ONLY spent the last 3 years of His life in vocational ministry. That’s a 90%-10% split!
Jesus knew the value of hard work. He experienced the challenge of building a business. He knew the sorrows and the joys involved in work.
The Bible doesn’t tell us very much about Joseph, Jesus earthly father, but what we do know is he was a protector and a provider for his family.
Joseph fulfilled the perfect will of God in his life largely through his work. We also know Joseph passed on to his Son Jesus his work skills and ability, as well as his passion for work.
Do we really understand our work is our mission? Work is not a necessary evil we just endure. In many ways it defines us. Work is one of the primary reasons God put us here.
All the happenings and events of our life should be lived out with this perspective; through our work God is leading us and each day is strategic in His eyes.
This would be a good morning prayer as you are driving to work; (Screen) “What do you want to do through me today Lord? How do you want to use my life today? Who can I bless today?”
Some of you have worked in your profession or on your business for years and years.
You have become experts, even if you don’t think of yourself in those terms.
You have become master craftsmen/women.
You have cultivated friendships both personal and professional, and that’s so valuable.
You have given of yourselves above and beyond time and time again.
You have helped solve problems, created opportunities for others, provided for the common good.
And FOR A FEW OF YOU your vocation has even become your avocation something that you do merely for the enjoyment.
And why not, God has put you there and you know it. God works through you at your work!
I challenge all of our workers, SANCTIFY your workplace.
I don’t mean go pour anointing oil over your desk or on the machinery. I mean deep in your heart recognize why God has put you there and ASK God to work IN and THROUGH you.
SANCTIFY YOUR WORKPLACE! Pray that God’s goodness will be unleashed in the workplace through you.
Yes at times it is tiring. Misunderstandings are common. Injustice happens. Hard work goes unnoticed. But never forget who you work for and why you have been PLACED there.
If you sanctify your work someday God will peel back the blinders and allow you to see a small measure of the impact that your work has had on others.
I was listening to a PBS radio broadcast while driving. The subject was suicide and they made a profound statement. “People who take their own life completely lose sight of how much they mean to others.”
They went on to unpack that thought. They said all of us mean far more to others than we realize. But the probleme is most of us live beneath that realization! We have no idea how much our life impacts those around us.
Listen to me Christian workers, YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Determine to with God’s help make an even greater difference.
You and I are Jesus front line people. What does that mean?
It means the Lord sends us out before Him so that when He shows up hearts are already prepared and His work is ready to go – Luke 10:1-3.
Our work IS our mission and we need to….
Take Ownership of The Mission
If you buy into the notion that God has placed you there, then regardless of where you work, you should take ownership of your area of influence.
When you take ownership you begin to think and act as if the success of the company is up to you! It’s in your heart.
I’m telling you, the atmosphere of your workplace can absolutely change simply by your presence if you allow God’s presence to shine through you.
Let me ask you, is the atmosphere where you work negative? Is God big enough to change the atmosphere through your influence?
John Maxwell wrote a book called “Leading From the Middle of the Pack” and in it he makes this statement: (Screen) “The true measure of leadership is your influence, NOT your title.”
You don’t have to be the boss or the owner to create an environment that is healthy and Christ-honoring.
God can use anyone of us as His special agents to bring heaven to earth in our work environment. It can absolutely be done!
Bob Williams: (1) model leadership –multi directional (2) create positive environment (3) solve problems
Brian Cobb….the difference he’s made in the office environment: positive, hardworking, team builder.
Take ownership of your mission. Don’t check out of the game because others are negative. Don’t become apathetic just because others may be. Don’t lose interest in your fellow coworkers and write them off.
Be Christ to them!
God has many amazing surprises in store for you if you choose to accept your mission and do everything in your power for the glory of God.
God will work in you and through you in ways you could never anticipate! He is waiting for you to cooperate with the mission.
2 Corinthians 2 (GNT) 14-In union with Christ we are always led by God. God uses us to make the knowledge about Christ spread everywhere like a sweet fragrance. 15 For we are like a sweet-smelling incense offered by Christ to God, which spreads among those who are being saved and those who are being lost. 16 For those who are being lost, it is a deadly stench that kills; but for those who are being saved, it is a fragrance that brings life. Who, then, is capable for such a task? 17 We are not like so many others, who handle God’s message as if it were cheap merchandise; but because God has sent us, we speak with sincerity in his presence, as servants of Christ.
Some people don’t really represent Christ well at work….but that’s not who we are! We are Christ’s ambassadors. We are on assignment!
Psalms 90:16-17 “Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children. 17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.”
May the Lord establish the work of your hands in fruitfulness, vitality of the Holy Spirit, passion.