Make your work­place a place of min­istry, too

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION -

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

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