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October 2016

When Christ Looks More Important

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Pastor and author John Piper was asked, “How can a business person glorify God in their work?”  Want to hear what his answer was?  Check out the following video and listen for the phrase “when Christ looks more important”.

Renewal – One Reader’s Response

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One of the Antioch Journey participants sent me the following reflections after completing Day 5 – All things New.  I loved their transparency, and the reality of the struggles to work these ideas out in everyday life.  Let me know if you resonate with what they had to say.

“My renewal needs to be in my sinful need to be thought well of; to have a good reputation; to be quietly ambitious; and to sometimes be envious of others’ success.  Yikes, not a great list, but being honest, I do – from time-to-time – sense these things in me. It hit me even this morning via an email, where a colleague was being asked to pick up a small additional item to their leadership accountabilities, and my sinful nature was immediately prompting me to wonder why I was not being asked myself.  It’s a way in which I know that the enemy likes to distract me, and this time it’s prompted me to be more intentional to keep focused on the job I have, and the tasks I need to do. I know them to be tasks that are God-compelled, and so I need to rest assured in that.”

Significance

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One of the places I follow is WorkLife.org. They have a number of resources, including  an email that contains a devotional thought and questions to use in small groups.  I wanted to pass along one recent post they shared relating to significance and calling. Enjoy!

 

“Many of us begin our careers with the goal of achieving success. If we haven’t entered our work as a result of God’s calling, we will eventually face a chasm of deep frustration and emptiness. Success flatters but does not provide a lasting sense of purpose and fulfillment. So often we enter careers with wrong motives – money, prestige, and even pressure from parents or peers. Failing to match our work with our giftedness and calling is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. If that happens over an extended period, a person crashes.

At this time, many make another mistake. Workplace believers think that beginning a new career in “full-time Christian work” will fill the emptiness they feel. However, this only exacerbates the problem because they are again trying to put another square peg into a round hole. The problem is not whether we should be in “Christian work” or “secular work,” but rather what work is inspired by gifts and calling. If there is one phrase I wish I could remove from the English language it is “full-time Christian work.” If you are a Christian, you are in full-time Christian work, whether you are driving nails or preaching the gospel. The question must be: are you achieving the God-given calling for your life? God has called people into workplaces to fulfill His purposes just as much as He has called people to be pastors or missionaries.

It is time for workplace believers to stop feeling like second-class citizens for being in working jobs. It is time workplace believers stop working toward financial independence so that they can concentrate on their “true spiritual calling.” This is the great deception for those called to the workplace.

Significance comes from fulfilling the God-given purpose for which you were made. Ask Him to confirm this in your own life.”

State of Global Christianity

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Ever wonder how we’re doing with spreading the hope of Christ to a world in great need?  Want to hear a “state of the union address” for the global Church? Check out this video by our friends over at Global Frontier Missions.  Ask yoursef: “As my work takes me around the world, what impact will I have?”

State of the World

Letting the Holy Spirit Have It All

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Awhile back, a friend of mine penned the following thoughts, and I wanted to pass them along to you.  They come from his reading of a series of questions written by John Wesley over 200 years ago …  but still so very relevant today. May God move as you reflect on them.

“If we are honest, there are parts of our lives that we like to keep private. Private from our co-workers, our families, and yes, even God. Knowing that it is impossible to hide something from God doesn’t seem to stop me from attempting it at times. When Adam and Eve sinned, God called for them and asked “Where are you?” God knew where they were, but He wanted them to know as well. He wanted them to know that they were lost. When going through the Wesley questions, it is almost as if I can hear God saying, “Jon, where are you? Where is your heart? Where is your passion? Do you know?” Allowing the Holy Spirit to permeate and bring light to all aspects of our lives can be hard and uncomfortable. It can make us aware of areas where we have been playing “hide and go seek” with God. It can show us areas where we need to grow in our relationship with God and in our discipleship walk. It is hard…but it is worth it. I have found these questions are good ones to come back to periodically. Spiritual growth is not a one time thing, and these questions are a tool that I can use to check on my spiritual growth. I hope they can be an encouragement to you as well.”

To download a copy of Wesley’s Quiz, click HERE

Fear of Failure

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As we seek to integrate our faith and work in a way that advances the Great Commission, the task can feel overwhelming at times.  Do you ever experience the fear of failure?  As you seek to become more intentional about your prayers and conversations in the arena God has placed you, I hope you are encouraged by this video from Curtis Sergeant.