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3 Motivations For Your Work

I-Love-My-Job-handsIf you hate your job or position in life today, you’re not alone.  A recent Gallop poll found that only 30% of Americans are engaged and inspired with their work.  But this can change for you.

Three things that motivate my work in ministry.

1.  Obedience – This part is so important.  If I’m not doing what God wants me to do, I’m not in his will.  Its as simple as that.  When we have received the gift of salvation through his grace and mercy we should want to do the work he has for us.  Not only that, I’ve come to realize that we can never really be fulfilled and happy with our lives until we’re fully in line with what he has called us to do….at home, work, and with everyone around us.

2.  Love for Jesus – That’s right.  When our motives are good and we are focused on pleasing the right person, it changes everything about how we view our jobs and responsibilities.  Any time I’ve ever found parts of my job unpleasant, I start thinking about the fact that I really am doing this work to please him…not my boss or co-workers.  Just him!

3.  Love for others – For me, this includes church people and non-believers.  For you, this might be a spouse, employer, customers, co-workers, etc.  When we become focused on others we are better able to lose sight of the things we personally find troublesome or lousy in our own lives.  Our attention is now being directed outward instead of inward.

So, let’s recap.  Are you doing what you’re supposed to be doing?  Is what you’re doing putting a smile on Jesus’ face?  And are you keeping in mind the benefit of others while you do your thing?

What have you done to stay motivated in what you do?

As you enter into 2014, may you know and experience what it’s like to experience joy in your work.

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When God says, “Wake Up!”

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After a number of busy Summer events, I recently was able to get out of town for three days of rest, focus, and study.  Upon going to bed the first night in my hotel I was excited to simply not set any alarms for the morning.  Well, God apparently had other plans.  I woke up at 6am….wide awake!  I tossed and turned for a few minutes, but soon realized I wasn’t falling back asleep.  God was saying, “Wake up,” so I did.

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.   Jeremiah 33:3 ESV

I’ve found that these ‘great and hidden things‘ usually come in His timing.  My agenda for this morning looked something like this.  Wake up whenever.  Eat breakfast.  Get some reading and writing for work done before lunch.  My agenda changed!  Now, some of that may still happen…but I was up and ready for the day by 7am.  Its like God was asking me to be available.  So I am, and I’m excited about the day ahead.

Do you need God to tell you something today?  Does He have information you don’t have yet?

 

(Click HERE for part 2 of this post)

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The perfection of striving

Think about it…..God really does want you and I to be perfect!  I know, this bold of a statement isn’t usually openly accepted in the church today.  Yes, its true.  God’s grace and mercy does accept us where we’re at.  And none of us is (or can be) perfect in our humanity.  Despite this Biblical truth, our Heavenly Father still desires for us to be perfect.  Why?  Jesus, His son, was perfect.  He is our ultimate model, our goal, our picture of perfection.

Look at this verse.  How would you like the creator of the universe say this about you?

So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.  Genesis 6:22 (NLT)

Now, we all know that this is referring to Noah building the Ark when and how God instructed him to.  I’m sure Noah had some imperfections in his personality, thoughts, attitude toward others, etc.  The big question here is, “What has God ever asked you to do that you have done exactly as He had commanded you?”  I don’t know about you, but I can’t use the word ‘exactly’ in relation to anything I’ve done for Him….and have an absolutely clean conscious about it.

I’ll leave you with this though today.  Perfection might be the goal with respect to fulfilling His will, but its NOT our daily experience.  The perfection of striving must be our constant focus!  Celebrate the close to perfect days, and humbly ask Jesus to pick us back up after all the other days.  Its the journey, process, and experience that really matters.  Not the level of righteousness we can attain, but heart behind our approach to it.

What tends to hinder your attempts at Striving for God’s best?  Join the discussion…we’re all in this together.  The perfection of Striving!

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Gas prices and Jesus

Gas prices are going up quickly.  The price per gallon just jumped to $3.48 where I live.  Well, I was taking two of my boys to a basketball game after lunch today and my wife suggested that I stop in that town to fill up the tank.  Gas is usually much cheaper there and its only 20 minutes from our home.  I was barely running on time for their game as I drove by one gas station that advertised $3.31/gal.  I thought, “Cool, I’ll drop them off and stop for gas there on the way back.  Just 10 minutes later I’m pulling up to that same location…only to notice that the price had already changed to $3.40/gal.  I was so frustrated that I didn’t just stop and take advantage when I had the chance.  So I went a little further down the road and found another gas station that was still at $3.33/gal.  This wasn’t as great a deal, but I was going to have to settle for that rather than $3.40.  Basically…I missed out!

I would argue that many times we encounter the same situation in regards to receiving God’s blessings.  He speaks to us in all sorts of ways.  I don’t know about you, but there have been many times that I have heard Jesus clearly call me to do something very specific in ministry or simply engage in a casual conversation with someone I don’t know.  Some of those times I have obeyed…and I was blessed for it.  Other times have been similar to my gas station experience today.  For whatever reason, I chose to not do what Jesus was clearly desiring of me….and I missed out!

The reality is this.  When we hear His voice (or tugging on our hearts) telling us to do something and consciously choose to ignore Him, we are relinquishing massive blessing to someone else.  Moreover, we are potentially hindering what Jesus wants to do in someone else’s life!

Connection point:  How have you ignored Jesus’ voice in the past (or recently)?  How can you plan to listen and obey His voice next time He speaks to you?

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It’s really quite simple

Matthew 19:16-18a reads:
Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to
get eternal life?”
“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”
Which ones?” the man inquired.
Which ones? Did something in Jesus’ tone or facial expression hint that we could have a buffet approach to this? Jesus simply answers, “Obey the commandments.” I think this is why so many non-believers in our current society have a hard time accepting forgiveness and life from Christ…its too simple! The gospel message is simply too easy. Corporate America teaches us that the harder we apply ourselves at work the higher up we go in the pay and position. I read the Matthew text above and think, “this guy just wants to know the least he can do to earn a place in Heaven.” And then I think about Jesus…”He chose to go above and beyond…He gave everything possible.” He gave His very life and gained nothing…except the hope of one day having us come back to Him.
This week, may you feel His spirit’s tugging. And may you truly desire to give it all back to Him…expecting nothing in return.

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