Ever wonder how God might use a business to be a blessing, a witness, and an agent of the Kingdom? Check out this video from Right Now Media that tells the story of David Green and Hobby Lobby. What can you learn from their experience that could change the way you see or engage your work?
I wanted to share another entry from the Hillsong: 40 Days of Revival reading plan on the You Version Bible App. What would it look like for you to have this sort of boldness in your workplace this week? What amazing experience of God might you have if you respond in this way?
When we choose to live empowered by the Spirit, life becomes an adventure. We develop a boldness to take risks. Freed from the fear of others’ opinions and self-reliance, our lives are characterised by having a go, taking a leap and the thrill of being in that faith-place where you can do nothing but trust God to come through!
On our recent Hillsong United Album there is one song that has resounded with the heart of our church, becoming something of an anthem for us in this season as we seek to discover God’s heart for revival individually and collectively.
In a bold declaration of faith, the lyrics are:
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour
Let us all allow these words be the cry of our hearts today. Resolve to tune your ear to the Holy Spirit’s voice and when He asks you to do something that makes you nervous – step out and do it!
I’m currently going through Michael Shaara’s book The Killer Angels, an engaging account of the United States Civil War Battle of Gettysburg from the point of view of several commanding officers. As the book’s foreword describes, Shaara’s one goal above all others was to leave something behind, something to be remembered for. Unfortunately, the book had only a lukewarm reception, and even after winning the 1975 Pulitzer Price for Fiction it simply didn’t sell. This was a crushing disappointment for him, and Shaara died in 1988 believing he had failed. But you have to hear the rest of the story. In 1993 the movie Gettysburg was released, which was based on his book. The momentum from the movie propelled The Killer Angels to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List, and it is regarded by many as the finest Civil War novel ever written.
As I reflected on this, it made me think how similar this is to our everyday reality. We long to leave a legacy of significance, to do something great for ourselves or for God’s Kingdom. But often, we don’t see the fruit we expected, or things don’t turn out anything like what we had hoped for. We feel like failures. If only we could read the last chapter, because the story isn’t over. God is not finished yet. Our part is to be faithful in obedience, and the outcome is up to Him. The next time you start feeling the discouragement Michael Shaara experienced, remember Galatians 6:9 …. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
A coworker recently sent me a link to the video below. It has to do with our legacy, spanning out over 5 generations. Here’s what I took away from it: 1) The choices we make can affect thousands for good, or for bad. 2) No matter what your heritage is, a conscience decision on your part can put things back on the right track. 3) It’s all possible because of what Jesus did. What does the video say to you? How will it affect your choices?
Have you ever thought about your response to the broken state of the world we live in? Does the “real world” cause you to retreat spiritually, or to advance? The video below from Eternity Bible College urges us to consider this and more. Have a look, and ask yourself 2 questions: 1) How might I pollute the shadows in the marketplace? and 2) How is God calling me to engage my world (through my work) for the Kingdom?