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November 2016

Spiritual Economy

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Not long ago a friend shared with me about the “spiritual economy”.  He phrased it this way: “There’s a kind of spiritual or heavenly economy involved in this. It’s like we are breathing in, from God, receiving from Him and then obeying, internalizing what He has given us, making sure we embrace it. We make it part of who we are, then we exhale to the world around us, sharing what we have received.  The idea is — receive, obey, then share, which is very tied to the dual accountability of obedience and teaching others to obey which help us know it even better, as it goes from head to heart and hands. Whatever we get, we give away. It’s just the opposite of the world — which tries to keep what they get and charge others to give it to them.

So — We are blessed so we can bless. The question is — who, then, should we bless ?

First and foremost, God has placed us in relationship with many people.
We are responsible to steward these relationships.
He will hold us accountable for these relationships.

How can we be a blessing to them?

What can we do to empower them to take the next step in their faith journey with God?”

He summed it up very well, and I agree.  Check out the video below, where Curtis Sergeant shares some similar thinking.

An Impossible Requirement?

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Sometimes other bloggers say exactly what I’ve been thinking, only more eloquently than I could ever do.  That is the case with a post from Dr. Bob Snyder with IHS Global.  Bob wrote:

“God’s desire for me is abundant fruitfulness. He even gave me the prescription for this,

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. John 12:24 NLT

Do you mean to tell me that Jesus is saying that I must die to myself in order to be fruitful?

It is not improvement of myself but rather a death to myself that creates God’s fruitfulness in me. You must be kidding. Rather than dying to self I prefer to say, “I am actually a good guy.”  But Jesus says my goodness is not good enough. Only His perfect goodness will do.

It all begins by submitting to His Will and Power, therefore allowing my will and power to die. This painful and ugly process results in abundant fruitfulness.

Will you join me in dying to self?”

 

No Faking, Please.

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Every once in awhile you come across a video that is just so on target that it makes you feel a little uncomfortable.  The video below from Francis Chan is one of those videos.  As you watch, ask God to show you how the “inner you” is really doing, and how you might share today’s message with those around you.

Click HERE to see the video

Seeking

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I recently read a blog post from worklife.org about working wholeheartedly, and one paragraph in particular really struck me.  I keep playing the words over in my mind:

Godly success involves a partnership between you and God. Success in God’s economy means achieving the purpose for which God made you. That purpose can never be discovered without seeking Him with a whole heart. You may achieve great things without seeking God, but you will never achieve the things God set out for you to achieve unless you seek Him. If you do not seek Him, you may find yourself one day climbing to the top of the ladder only to find it leaning against the wrong wall.

As I reflected on those words, God brought to mind Matthew 6:33, where Jesus said “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  So much easier to read, than to do.

Click HERE to see the full blog post from worklife.org

Does the Church Matter?

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It seems that, more and more these days, people young and old are questioning the role of the Church. Is it relevant? Does the Church matter? Do I even need to be part of a local Body, especially if it seems so broken? Perhaps this short but clear video by Trip Lee will help shape your thinking about the Church, its role, and yours.

Gone Fishing

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When I first started the journey to connect my faith and work, I was at a conference and heard a talk by Ruth Siemens.  Ruth had started a tentmaker organization called Global Opportunities (www.globalopps.org), and had authored several papers and books.

One paper that Ruth had written was about workplace evangelism and how to fish out seekers.  I still vividly remember her comparison of a fisherman’s strategy to that of a hunter-gatherer! Some things may have changed since the article was first penned in 1997, but you will still find many of the principles both relevant and important. The full article is about 25 pages long, but I think it’s well worth the read. It might spark some new ways of thinking for you, just as it did for me those many years ago.

 

click here for Workplace Evangelism PDF