Monthly Archives

June 2017

Obedience As Worship

By | Day 23 | No Comments

Lately I’ve been working through the Hillsong: 40 Days of Revival reading plan on my You Version Bible App.  One of the days focused on obedience, and it included a perspective I had not heard before: obedience as worship.  Check out the devotional text below and see what you think. How might you extend this kind of worship into your workplace?

 

Obedience:

What exactly does it mean to obey God?  Ticking the boxes next to the 10 commandments?  Loving my neighbour? Turning the other cheek when someone hurts me?  In essence, yes! But also, no!  Obeying God with a ‘tick-box’ mindset is not only doomed to failure, but simply not what God asks of us.

God’s love for us is not based on our actions or effort but on His goodness.  1 John 4 explains that love is not about us loving God, but about Him loving us and sending Jesus.  When we realise and understand God’s grace, we respond out of a love for Him and all He has done for us, beginning to do things as He directs us through His Word, preferring His ways over our own until they become our ways.

Obedience to God, through the Holy Spirit, therefore brings its own reward of purity. Obedience to His Word, under grace, provides us with the opportunity to be more Christ-like. In this way, obedience is also an act of worship, for when we live a life devoted to God we demonstrate our love for Him.

Have you ever thought about obeying God being an act of worship?  How can you worship God specifically through your obedience today?

Cultural Vantage Points

By | Day 24 | No Comments

Have you ever wondered how cultures of the East and West (mis)perceive each other’s values?  If you understood these differences in perspective, might you be in a better position to share God’s story with someone from another culture?  Well, click on the image below to check out an infographic from the folks at honorshame.com. You can also click here for a more detailed explanation and a hi-res download.

Lives Of Conviction

By | Day 17, Day 21 | No Comments

I wanted to pass along another devotional by Os Hillman from his “Today God Is First” series. It talks about the need for our deep convictions to impact how we live and work, in order to bear fruit in the workplace. After reading through it, ask yourself “what is one step of obedience I should take in light of what God has shown me”.

“For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.” – 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5a

Everyone lives a life of conviction. Whatever we give our greatest time, our greatest energies, and our greatest resources to is a good indication of where our convictions lie. Some live a life of conviction about sports. Some live a life of conviction around pleasure. Still others live a life of conviction about very little that matters at all.

Whenever God chooses to do a deep work in a life, a strong conviction is born of the Holy Spirit. Conversions in the early Church resulted in changed lives that held to a deep, life-transforming conviction regarding what they believed and how they lived out that belief. Paul explains that the gospel they received came not just in words, but also in power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.

In order to impact the workplace for Jesus Christ, each of us must be reflecting a faith that is demonstrated through deeply held convictions. Are you living a life of deep conviction that spurs you on to reflect the power of Christ in your life and the lives of others? Paul was willing to suffer great persecution for his faith in a living God. God calls each of us to a life that is supernatural, not simply a good, moral life. The early Church understood the role the Holy Spirit played in demonstrating this power of the gospel. It was this deep work that resulted in living the gospel with great conviction. If you are not living the gospel with great conviction, ask the Holy Spirit to so fill your life today that the power of His Spirit is truly reflected in your life so that you may impact others in your workplace.

Secondary Vocations

By | Day 03 | No Comments

Day 3 of the Antioch Journey addresses the idea of our primary and secondary calling. Check out this video from Eternity Bible College, which elaborates on our secondary vocation (calling), the contexts through which we live out our primary calling. How are you doing at keeping the primary and secondary vocations in their proper alignment? Take some time to work through the questions asked in the video, and let God speak to you through the process.