Make your workplace a place of ministry, too
Brothers and sisters, serving God Almighty on the job means that our workplace is also our ministry site. Amen. A job provides money to support the family, but when done faithfully, it becomes far more than simply a means to make a living. Sons and daughters, one's work place also develops character, builds a sense of self worth, and develops skills. Moreover, while we are around co-workers for a number of hours each day, we have opportunity to build relationships, bear testimony, and glorify our Heavenly Father. Amen.
Work shouldn't be seen as drudgery; it is an opportunity to show love for God Almighty. The reward for those who serve God Almighty and love others on the job is greater than a paycheck (money). They are blessed with a ministry, a harvest field for the Kingdom, right inside the factory, the bus, the car, office building, the library, food lion or the construction site.
Boys and girls, in the workplace, words of encouragement matter. How employees talk to one another has a bearing on customer satisfaction, company profits (P.I.), and co-worker appreciation. Studies show that members of the most effective work groups give one another six times more affirmation than disapproval, disagreement, or sarcasm. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing (read 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Brothers and sisters, you can invest so much effort into trying to keep everybody happy that you end up losing yourself. But people who succeed at being themselves don't let others control them. They see themselves as God Almighty sees them; therefore they're led by His word instead of the fear of rejection.
Brothers and sisters, what others think isn't my problem, unless I make it my problem. Pleasing God Almighty and being what He wants is my first concern. If I try to be anybody else, I will forfeit His blessing because God Almighty can't bless an imitation. The solution is to work on becoming secure in who you are in Jesus Christ, and every thing else will begin to fall into place.
Could God Almighty use someone like me? Yes, Yes, Yes, you don't need to be a Liberty University scholar; just tell people what you've seen and heard, and the change Jesus Christ has made in your life. The Gospel of God Almighty is not good advice, it's good news! God Almighty doesn't change, but He moves, Amen, and you have to stay in step with Him. Did you get that?
Brothers and sisters, although we are each saved individually, God Almighty doesn't intend for us to live as if we're on an island - set apart to ourselves. We are called the body of Jesus Christ, and as such, our lives are meant to touch, intersect, and connect with other believers in a local church. Yes. Yes. Yes the church is a place for participants, not spectators. Yet many Christians today think this kind of involvement in others' lives is too costly. So we come on Sunday, stand to sing, sit to listen, and walk out to get back to our own lives. What about you or me? Are we a spectator seeking what we can get or a participant looking for ways to give to someone else?
Brothers and sisters, a personal sacrifice costs something; "sacrifice" means we have less than before. Imagine asking someone, could you give your life to Jesus Christ in my place? I'd like the benefit but am not crazy about the cost involved. Worshiping God Almighty involves many sacrifices: time, money, energy, our will, our abilities, and our decisions. We should count the cost before making the commitment (read Luke 14:28-33). Amen.
Wayne Robert Scott Petersburg