Archive | June 13, 2013

Glorify God at Work

Prayer at workThe workplace is one of the key places that God has placed Christians in the mission field.  Yes, we are all missionaries and ambassadors for Christ.  I understand that you may have never considered your job as a mission field, but it really is.  There are so many lost people out there and God has placed each of us in specific places for His purposes.  So how can we glorify our Creator in the workplace?

Work unto the Lord

Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”  This is the foundation that every believer should try to encompass.  When we work, we should do what our superiors say, of course, but when we do what we are instructed, we should do it whole-heartedly for the Lord.  It is a blessing to have a job and He deserves nothing but our best effort every day.

Be Punctual

One way of glorifying God is by showing up on time every day.  If you want to even be taken seriously on just a work level, you need to show up every day on time.  When your fellow workers see you always on time, they learn to trust you and that can be a launching pad into some friendships and real witnessing time.

Galatians 5:22-23a says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” This verse really shows the core values that we should all aspire to attain in their fullest form.

Encompass the Fruits of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23a says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  This verse really shows the core values that we should all aspire to attain in their fullest form

Be Creative

The creative omniscience of God is what started everything.  We are created in His image (Gen 9:6b) and are also able to use our creative talents for His glory.  A good, creative idea is always welcome in your superior’s eyes.  Find new ways to promote safety in the workplace or think of procedures that could potentially speed up production and lower costs.  If you succeed in being creative, a promotion may be a possibility for you.  More importantly, God will be overjoyed with your willingness to make things better at work, and He will be glorified thorough it.

Always Speak the Truth

Ephesians 4:15a says, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”  Right now you can probably think of one or two people that you cannot trust because they have made a reputation for themselves for being liars.  Even when they are speaking truth, you will probably not believe them, just like the boy who cried wolf from the old fairy tale.  Don’t acts like those who lie.  When you gain the reputation for being truthful, you will definitely be seen as trustworthy and that will help your superiors learn to count on you.  Or, if you are a superior, your employees will respect you that much more.  More importantly, your Father in heaven will be pleased with you.

Pray Before Lunch

This is a great way to express your love to God while being a real witness to others.  I often sit with my friend at work in his car for lunch.  He always turns the music down for me when I pray and he is contemplating coming to church with me.  Praise the Lord!  I know God is glorified through that!  I am so full of joy thinking that another lost soul may be coming to find Christ someday.  Another soul saved is another soul to celebrate with in eternal paradise!

Stand for Christ

In all things at all times, stay loyal to Christ.  This can be hard sometimes, but an easy life is not promised in the Bible.  I can say from personal experience that the only reason I will not get promoted at my job is because I will not work Sundays.  This is because I am not being flexible in the company’s eyes, but I know God is glorified through this because He sees what I am giving up to be in His house every Sunday with my children.  I am blessed to have my children and to be able to take them to church every Sunday is a true blessing.  Also, people at work know that I am a Christian and many really believe me now that they know this.  I don’t care about a promotion.  I care about life eternal with my savior, Christ the Lord!

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Be a good Christian Leader

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A few weeks ago I had a great time to met one of my pastors at my church. We already had known each other for one year.  He also knew that I want to move to SG in the near future and carry on my father’s business. Immediately we got a serious talk. He gave their views and opinions on how to be a good Christian leader. He gave me few important points about leadership from the standpoint of  Christianity. Now I am very pleased share it to all of my friends.

Relationship with God

The first and most important thing Christian leaders need to do is develop and strong and intimate relationship with God. The forming of the soul that it might be a dwelling place for God is the primary work of the Christian leader”. Developing this intimate relationship with God through daily prayer and reflective Bible study is vital if Christian leaders are going to be all they can be in God.
We see that Jesus modeled this drawing away to a solitary place to connect with His heavenly Father in prayer. In Mark 1:35 we see that He did this alone and in Mark 6:35 he called the disciples to draw away from the pressing crowds. As Christian leaders we need to follow Jesus example to make sure we come aside from the business of life and ministry to make our connection with the Father. As we do, we find that our relationship with God grows and we allow Him to speak to us. We can also learn from Scripture and receive guidance on how He wants us to lead the people we are overseeing. I believe this time alone with God is vital for our growth, seeking direction and for our long term survival of the pressures of ministry brings.

Have a servant heart

The second thing Christian leaders need to have is a servant heart. In 1 Peter 4:10 the Bible says that “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms”. At the heart of this verse is being called to serve and we are to use what God has given us for the benefit of others.
In Matthew chapter 20 we see the disciples we having a discussion on who was the greatest amongst them. Jesus enters the conversation in verses 26 and 27 and says, “…Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave”. In this short statement Jesus turned their views of leadership and greatness completely upside down. The Gentile rulers of the day lorded their power and authority over the people and treated them harshly. Jesus told His followers they need to live different and that greatness comes not from being served, but by being a servant to others. Honestly, this second point, really touch my heart.

Be shepherds of God’s people

The next point, The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:2 that Christian leaders should, “Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly – not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God”. This verse tells those in leadership to watch over those in their care like a shepherd watches over his flock. In John chapter 10 Jesus talks about the role a shepherd plays in caring for his sheep. He says that they provide food, water and protection and if one strays the shepherd goes out to look for the lost sheep and brings it back to pasture. As a result of this care and protection the sheep trust and listen to the shepherd’s voice. Our heartbeat as Christian leaders should be to provide love, care and a safe place where people can grow in their faith and service to God.

Live with character and Integrity

One of the keys to successful long Christian leadership is the desire to live with character and integrity. In 1 Timothy 3:8-12 and Titus 1:5-9 it lists 24 characteristics that should be seen in Christian leadership. Some of these include being of good behavior, not greedy for money, not given to excessive drinking, not quick tempered, but being self controlled, a responsible steward, one that holds fast to the Word of God and has a good reputation outside the church. It tells us that these qualities should be evident in the lives of those who are called to Christian leadership. In saying this though, it does not say that one has to be perfect to be in Christian leadership. That is not possible as we are all human and fall short at times. However, it is saying that these things must be evident most of the time.
I firmly believe that as Christian leaders we need to have this same commitment to living with character and integrity the Bible talks about. We need to have a good testimony both in and outside the church and before God and man. Billy Graham put it perfectly when he said “If I were ever to do anything dishonoring to Christ, I would rather He take me home to heaven before I did it”.

Committed to making disciples

The last words of Christ before returning to heaven are recorded in Matthew chapter 28:19-20. It says, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you”. This verse is a clear command to reach people with the love and saving message of Jesus and to teach them how to follow Jesus and His teachings.
As Christian leaders I believe the core of what we do is to love God, love people and to make disciples. We need to focus our energies on loving and bringing people into the Kingdom and teaching them how to continue to grow in their faith and service of God. The early church understood this and as a result many thousands of people came to faith in a short time. In Acts chapter 2:42 we see that, “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer”. In committing themselves to these things, the early church members were able to grow to maturity and be sent out in their community to reach others for Christ.

 My pastor concludes; the foundation of Christian leadership is the forming an intimate relationship with God by regular prayer and disciplined Bible study. As we do these things we will grow and change and are able to start to see the world through God’s eyes. This then allows us to move out into the world with a servant heart and the attitude of a shepherd to love and care for those entrusted to us. As we do these things we need to live with an attitude of integrity and humility before God, while resolutely playing our part in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Thank you very much to Pastor Setiawan for your great advices

Karina

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