Today I wanted to share with you a video by Andy Crouch. In it, we are challenged to think about God’s purposes, and our role. What does it mean to be fully human? What does that have to do with being a disciple? Check it out.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.