Working for God

Have you ever considered how you might approach you job differently if God was your immediate supervisor?

Part of me thinks that it would be great; and then there is the part of me that finds the thought disconcerting.

It is our duty as Christians to do our jobs well.  If you reported to God – what changes would you make in your day.  If you were God’s manager – what changes would you make in your leadership?

Shouldn’t we be approaching our jobs as if we work for or work with God?  After all…isn’t He the one we ultimately should be answering to everyday?  Isn’t it God that has given us our gifts and talents.  Isn’t it God that is the greatest voice of encouragement?

Just a little food for thought this morning……

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving – Colossians 3:23-24

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Standing Against the Grind

Life is full of challenges.  It can be a grind.  What do you do when you feel overwhelmed by it all?  How do you keep anxiety, frustration and despair from controlling everything?  You stand your ground in Christ and ask for His help because only He can protect you from the enemy’s attacks. 

“Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” – James 4:7

 

Praying Together

Every time you and your spouse pray separately for one another, great things happen in your relationship. Every time you and your wife pray separately for one another, great things happen in your relationship. Prayer is truly powerful. But when you pray together, that power increases tremendously, and so do the results. Going to God in prayer as a couple benefits your marriage in several ways:

Prayer Promotes Unity

On the day you and your wife were married, you became one in the eyes of God. From that moment on, however, there is still a process of becoming one in your everyday lives. The living out of this unity doesn’t just happen; it takes time and effort.

The most difficult thing about a marriage is that there are two people in it. If you were just trying to work through things by yourself, you could certainly do a good job of it. But in marriage you have to mesh your dreams, desires, attitudes, assumptions, needs and habits with those of your spouse. The effort to do so can cause strife. When you pray with your wife, you are drawn into unity with God and, as a result, with one another.

Prayer Promotes Emotional Intimacy

Just as physical intimacy reaffirms your oneness, so does praying together. When you pray as a couple, you are not only communicating with God, but also with each other. You can learn so much about one another by sharing prayer requests and listening to each other pray.

Prayer Invites God Into Your Relationship

For a marriage to last and be happy and fulfilling, three parties need to be involved: the husband, the wife and the Lord.

All marriages have problems because they are made up of two imperfect people. But if you add the presence of a perfect God, then you have unlimited possibilities for drawing closer to what God intended for marriage. Whether that happens is determined by how frequently and how fervently God is invited into your relationship. The more you pray together, the more you will see God do great things.

Prayer Changes Relationships

A husband and wife certainly can’t change each other, and they can never change as much as they would like. But God can make changes if you invite Him to do so. No matter what struggles you have, if they keep praying together, you’ll see things turn around.

Be Strong. Act Like Men.

Great Marriages Need Forgiveness

If you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you – Matthew 6:14

C. S. Lewis said: “Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.” How true. It’s not until forgiveness becomes personal and costly that it takes on its actual size and weight. But perhaps some of what troubles us about forgiveness is that we don’t understand what it is . . . and what it isn’t.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean:

• Excusing what someone did to you

• Forgetting what happened

• Denying, or stuffing, your feelings

• Reconciling instantly every time

It does mean:

• Embracing the offender—Christ modeled forgiveness at its best when He forgave and welcomed back those who hurt Him the most.

• Being proactive—When Jesus said from the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34), He was forgiving people before they even asked for it.

• Surrendering the right to get even—the essence of forgiveness, especially in marriage, is letting go of our rights to punish and see justice done.

Forgiveness is evident when one spouse ceases to demand restitution for hurt feelings and wounded pride.
When the words “I forgive you” are spoken…..that’s when you know your marriage is what it was meant to be—a relationship in which forgiveness can flow at the slightest offense. Forgiveness is one of the most important qualities you must practice if your marriage is to become great.

Be Strong. Forgive Like Men.

A good reminder….

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought” – Jeremiah 17:7-8

You’re Still the One

As baseball season is heading toward the playoffs….we thought we’d share a story about one of the greatest:

“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 PETER 4:8

I can’t attribute this story to its source, but a number of years ago I read a story about Babe Ruth. At the end of his legendary baseball career, the Babe had become obviously overweight. During one of his final contests, he bungled several fly balls in the outfield and struck out weakly with every plate appearance.

Fans who had seen or heard about his once-proud exploits were now quick with catcalls, mocking this man who had hit twice as many home runs as anyone else in baseball.

But as the jeering got louder and louder, a little boy leaped over the railing and onto the playing field. With tears streaming down his face, he ran to the Babe and threw his arms around the legs of the fading athlete. Babe Ruth reached down, picked up the boy and hugged him tight. Then setting him down and patting him on the head, they walked hand in hand toward the dugout, while the jeers turned to cheers. Hardly an eye remained dry in the whole place.

The crowd had been correct in their assessment, of course. The Babe had let much of his athletic prowess go to seed. Yet a little boy had remembered him for who he was . . . and had covered over his errors with love.

This is not unlike what marriage was established to be—two people saying to each other, “I know you’ve failed me and disappointed me at times (as I have you), but I’m still going to put my arm around you and tell you, ‘I love you.’ I’m on this journey with you one way or the other.”

It’s a Simple Choice

What does this actually mean? What does it look like? You married your wife, so didn’t you already choose her? Let’s unpack this a little…

For starters, it means waking up (not grabbing your phone to check Facebook or last night’s football score) and making the decision:

“I choose (fill in your wife’s name) today.”

Choosing to be committed to her when the moments of struggle come. Choosing to admire, love and respect your spouse rather than look around to see if someone or something better is out there. As married people in this day and age, it’s imperative that we set boundaries…hedges of protection…and fight for our marriage in a way like never before in history.

Choosing your spouse daily; choosing to honor them, choosing that ONE person is a mighty way to fiercely protect your marriage. When we wake up in the morning and make the decision to love our spouse, our days change; our mind-set changes and distractions fade. Later in the day, when temptation pops it’s ugly head out, we can attack it with, “I choose my wife.”

By choosing to love and honor your wife not only strengthens our relationship, but most importantly, it brings glory back to God.

Be Strong. Act Like Men.