God calls us to respond rightly to those who are in authority over us. “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you” (Hebrews 13:17). We are to trust our ultimate authority, Jesus, and respond to those over us in a way that is a blessing to them. #WorkplaceGrace
As representatives of Jesus in our workplace, we are to “put on” the character of Christ and express His care and compassion to those who are hurting all around us.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Colossians 3:12-14).
Conflict and strained relationships can make our workplace a difficult place to be. Paul writes, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:32). God has placed each one of us in our specific work location in order to be a representative of Christ. Just as God has forgiven us all our sin, we are called to express kindness and forgiveness to those who have offended us. That’s workplace grace.
James 3 describes two “spiritual climates” by the behavior that is exhibited. “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:14-17). Behaviors have a spiritual root – they are either “earthly, unspiritual, demonic” or the opposite, “from above.” What is the spiritual climate of your workplace? You can make a difference through prayer.
Each of us have been placed in our specific place of employment by the Living God. We are serving the King of Kings each day we go to work. The Apostle Paul writes, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:23-24). Remember … your “boss” is the Lord Christ.
God has strategically placed His followers in schools, factories, offices, manufacturing floors, hospitals, military bases, markets, and neighborhoods throughout your community and around the world. He has placed us there to be an incarnational expression of His presence and a channel of His blessing. Invite God’s blessing on your workplace today!
If you have ever been camping you know what it is like to start a campfire with some dry grass and a few twigs. You shield the flickering flame from the wind and gently add more fuel as the fire grows. Paul writes, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Tim. 1:6-7). Don’t allow the flame of your spiritual gift to flicker and die. Fan it into a strong blaze!
Every believer in Jesus Christ has been given a spiritual gift. The Apostle Paul writes to his protege, Timothy, “Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you” (1 Tim. 4:14). We are to use our spiritual gifts to strengthen and build up the Body of Christ. Are you using your spiritual gift?
Every believer in Jesus Christ has received a spiritual gift from the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul also indicates that spiritual gifts can be imparted through prayer and the laying on of hands. Paul writes, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Rom. 1:11). Paul exhorts his protege, Timothy, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6). Join me in prayer as we seek to further understand spiritual gifts.
There are two primary purposes for Spiritual Gifts. The Apostle Peter writes, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace … in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4:10-11). Our gifts are to be used to serve one another. The result of our service is to be that God is glorified.