Blessed on the job

2018-04-30
Deuteronomy 28:8 ESV

Vocation. It’s your day-to-day, your job, your life’s work. The word comes from the Latin word vocare, which means ‘spiritual calling.’ Every vocation, regardless of what it is, is a calling from God. The work of God is for all the people of God, no matter where you work. Even if your job makes you feel stuck or closed-off, with God there’s always more of a way forward than you think there is. And once you start to see your job in that light, you’ll find it easier to believe God wants to bless you on the job. How do you find that way forward? First up: pursue work compatible with your gifts. ‘If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised’ (1 Peter 4:11 NIV). Then, learn everything possible about your job. ‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning’ (Proverbs 1:5 NIV). And always keep God as your true employer. ‘Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does’ (Ephesians 6:7-8 NIV). Then you’ll see work as God’s gift, not punishment. ‘When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God’ (Ecclesiastes 5:19 NIV). Do more than what’s expected. ‘If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles’ (Matthew 5:41 NIV). See the Lord as your work colleague. Stay Christ-conscious throughout the day as you work through your to-do list, and ‘the Lord shall command blessing on you…and in all to which you set your hand.’

Acts 24-26; Mark 5:21-30; Ps 94:1-11; Prov 11:14-15

Blessed on the job


Deuteronomy 28:8 NKJV

The word vocation comes from the Latin word vocare, which means “spiritual calling.” Every vocation, regardless of what it is, is a calling from God. And once you start to see your job in that light, you’ll find it easier to believe God wants to bless you on the job. So with that in mind you need to: (1) Pursue work compatible with your gifts. “If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised” (1 Peter 4:11 NIV). (2) Learn everything possible about your job. “Let the wise listen and add to their learning” (Proverbs 1:5 NIV). (3) Recognize God as your true employer. “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does” (Ephesians 6:7-8 NIV). (4) See work as God’s gift, not punishment. “When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 5:19 NIV). (5) Use criticism to your advantage. In fact, make it work for you. Ask for suggestions and correction. “Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured” (Proverbs 13:18 KJV). (6) Do more than what’s expected. “Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him [two]” (Matthew 5:41 KJV). (7) See the Lord as your work partner. Stay Christ-conscious throughout the day as you perform your duties, and “the Lord shall command blessing on you…and in all to which you set your hand.”

Soul food: Acts 24-26; Mark 5:21-30; Ps 94:1-11; Prov 11:14-15

Geseënd by die werk


Deuteronomium 28:8 NLV

Elke roeping, maak nie saak wat dit is nie, is ‘n roeping van God. Sodra jy jou werk in hierdie lig begin sien, sal jy dit makliker vind om te glo dat God jou in jou werk wil seën. Met dit in gedagte, moet jy: 1) Werk nastreef wat met jou gawes versoenbaar is. ‘…Het jy die gawe ontvang om ander te dien? Doen dit met die krag en energie wat Gód gee. Só moet God verheerlik word…’ (1 Petrus 4:11 NLV) 2) Leer alles moontlik oor jou werk. ‘Selfs hulle wat wys is, kan luister… sodat hulle tot dieper insig kan kom…’ (Spreuke 1:5 NLV). 3) Herken God as jou ware werkgewer. ‘Doen julle werk entoesiasties, asof julle dit vir die Here doen en nie vir mense nie. Julle weet mos dat die Here elke mens wat sy werk goed doen, sal beloon…’ (Efesiërs 6:7-8 NLV). 4) Sien werk as God se gawe, nie as straf nie. ‘…Dit is goed dat mense… hulle werk geniet… en die vermoë om dit te geniet, is… ook ‘n geskenk uit sy hand’ (Prediker 5:17-18 NLV). 5) Gebruik kritiek tot jou voordeel. Laat dit vir jou werk. Vra vir voorstelle en korreksie. ‘Hy wat hom nie wil laat reghelp nie, beland in armoede en vernedering. Hy wat ‘n teregwysing ter harte neem, ontvang eer’ (Spreuke 13:18 NLV). 6) Doen meer as wat van jou verwag word. ‘As ‘n soldaat jou dwing om sy goed een kilometer te dra, dra dit vir hom twee kilometer ver’ (Matteus 5:41 NLV). 7) Sien God as jou vennoot by die werk. Bly dwarsdeur die dag van Christus bewus soos jy jou take voltooi, en ‘Die Here sal jou seën in alles wat jy doen…’

Sielskos: Hand 24-26; Mark 5:21-30; Ps 94:1-11; Spr 11:14-15

Why run?

2018-04-29
1 Corinthians 9:27 NLT

‘Don’t you realise that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should’ (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT). We run the path God lays out for us in the Bible. But why? Why bother running, training, winning, disciplining, and growing in purpose? Three reasons: 1) To know what you belong to. Unless you take control of your life, you’ll always live knowing you don’t belong to yourself. You’ll belong to whoever and whatever is controlling you. Discipline yourself to read something each day that will help you spiritually, emotionally and relationally (like the Bible) 2) To get the reward. Jesus is so kind that He even gives rewards: eternal prizes. He knows we work well with rewards. And what you reward in yourself and in others, you’ll keep getting more of. What you feed – good or bad – grows. Focus on the reward, and the work will follow. 3) To live in healthy self-denial. Sometimes, we work just because we know the ultimate reality: Jesus is on the throne. No matter what we feel, we can overcome, because we know the bottom line of all this is that Jesus is Lord, and He’ll receive the reward for His suffering.

Gal 5:22; Luke 10:25-37; Eph 4:31-32; Rom 2:4

Keep improving


1 Corinthians 9:27 NLT

Paul writes: “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified” (vv. 24-27 NLT). Unless you take control of your life, you will always live knowing that you don’t belong to yourself. In other words, you belong to whoever and whatever is controlling you. In order to improve, you must keep these three things before you at all times: (1) Reading. David said, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97 NKJV). Discipline yourself to read something each day that will help you spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and career-wise. And put the Bible at the top of your “books to read” list. (2) Rewards. Author Mike Delaney remarked, “Any business or industry that pays equal rewards to its goof-offs and its eager beavers, sooner or later will find itself with more goof-offs than eager beavers. What you reward, good or bad, in yourself and in others, you’ll keep getting more of.” (3) Results. The next time you’re facing a must-do task, and thinking of doing what’s convenient instead of paying the price, change your focus. Count the benefits of doing what’s right, and dive in. Instead of focusing on the “work,” focus on the “reward.”

Soul food: Gal 5:22; Luke 10:25-37; Eph 4:31-32; Rom 2:4