Recently I was speaking to a friend about his work. I could see that he was frustrated and worn out and I had been trying to encourage him to see how God could use him just where he was. Somewhere along the line of our conversation he said, ‘I live for the weekends! I dread going to work on Monday, and when I’m at work I count the hours until it is Friday. If I didn’t need the money I would stop working’. As I was driving back to my office later that morning I thought, ‘how sad that he is wishing away most of his life! Surely there must be something more meaningful to your work-life than just hanging in there for a paycheck!’
I’m sure that there are many people who live for the weekend, and many more who simply work because they need the money! The good news is that you don’t have to wish most of your life away. God has a wonderful plan to make what you do from Monday to Friday one of the most fulfilling and exhilarating parts of your week.
Look at this quote from Ed Silvoso:
‘Most Christians who on Sundays worship God to the tune of inspiring music fail to see that what they do during the week is also meant by God to be worship’ Ed Silvoso
And then there's this verse:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. – Colossians 3:23-24
The recording is actually based on a chapter of a new book that Graham Power and I have written together called ‘Transform your work life: Turn your ordinary day into an extraordinary calling’ - the whole book is about serving Jesus in your work life and in your work place. It is currently being printed and will be launched at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on the 21st of May - if you're interested in attending the book launch as part of the Global Day of Prayer conference please drop me a line or leave a comment below.
In this episode we discuss the clear and simple principles of serving Jesus where you are right now, without missing the opportunities that God is giving you. I share some clear and practical examples (mainly testimony from Graham Power’s life, and also some lessons that we’ve learnt in our company).
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