When I see people heading for the parking lot after Sunday services I wonder if they will see any connection between the service they just attended and the other 98% of their waking hours? Do they see any connection of the Kingdom of God they just touched on Sunday to the same Kingdom they are to carry to their places of employment, school, or the marketplace on Monday?
If not an age old problem called “dualism” can capture our thinking. Dualism is the tendency to see your life in sections (spiritual, social, and natural etc.) that have no bearing on each other. Dualism causes people to think the Christian life is what we do for a couple of hours on Sunday or Wednesday but has little bearing on the rest of our life. God’s design is much greater than this.
There is a mandate that began at creation in the garden of Eden that continues through His church everyday. Genesis 1:26 contains the mandate “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth.” God continues these three ideas through Christ body, the church.
Eph 1:22-23... At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. (23) The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which He fills everything with His presence.
Contrary to the idea that God is only trying to rescue people out of the earth, He also wants to fill the earth with His glory through His people. I like the theologian Abraham Kuper’s comments on Psa 24:1, “There is not one square inch of this universe that God doesn’t say “mine.”
As we walk about this earth in our everyday life we need to look at it through the eyes of God’s desire. He wants to fill every square inch of it with His glory, and He likes to use His people in the process.
One of the great motivation robbers is when we see our everyday spheres of life (2 Co 10:13-16) as a drudgery that we have to endure rather than “square inches” of God’s earth that are to be filled with His life.
We need to seek God for creative ideas and expressions to fill “His square inches.” It includes good works, words, but also works of power. We need to pray for people, lay hands on them, and help break and heal the demonic influence in their lives and homes. One Scripture I would encourage all of us to incorporate into our prayers for this coming year is 2Th 1:11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy (make you fit) of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the works of faith with power.
At our everyday workplace
One of the main areas we spend a majority of our waking hours is our places of employment (work and school). We want to be fruitful, multiply and fill these areas.
What are some of the Biblical ways we can embrace at our workplace or school?
Col 3:22-24 employees, obey your bosses according to the flesh in all things; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart (heartedly), fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.
- Work in a way that respects and honors your bosses and teachers knowing they carry authority from Christ and you are first and foremost serving Him (Romans 13). 1Tim 6:1-2…regard your own masters (bosses) as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against….Teach and preach these principles. This even extends to those bosses who are unreasonable, or perverse (1 Peter 2:18-20).
- Work wholeheartedly, not halfheartedly, because you are serving Christ. I remember hearing a quote written on the wall of a break room: Sometime between starting and quitting time, without infringing on lunch periods, coffee breaks, rest periods, storytelling time, holiday planning, and the rehashing of yesterday’s TV programs, we ask that each employee try to find some time for a work break. Don’t be like a coworker I once had who used to come to work and before his shift sit in a chair with his feet up and declare his intentions, “they pay me minimum wage and they are going to get minimum effort.”
- Don’t gripe, complain, or backtalk, but give blessings instead (Phil 2:14-15). Your source of life comes from something greater than the job. Always be thankful (1 Thes 5:18) and that will make an impact on a hopeless culture around you.
- Be trustworthy (Titus 2:10) and dependable ( 16:10). This tends to make an impact at our workplace, especially in the cultural climate of entitlement all around us.
- Express the Biblical attitude of contentment with finances and freedom from the love of money (Lk 10:7, 1 Tim 6:6-10 Heb 13:5). In a greed filled culture this will have a great impact.
- Bless your co-workers and fellow students through caring, serving, and praying for God’s power to touch their lives (Lk 6:28, Rom 12:14). One guy I know who worked part time at Pizza Hut was so faithful to care and pray for his coworkers that he received a special award from His bosses and co workers called “God’s Healer Award.” With this attitude toward coworkers you will be surprised at the opportunities to bring the Kingdom to bear in their personal life.
- Seek God’s wisdom, insight, and gifting to help your company to prosper. Many of the saints in the Bible like Joseph and Jacob gained insight to help make the place they were employed prosper which ended up prospering God’s people.
- Join with other Christians to pray over your workplace.
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