ChristAlive! Archives: Impacting Workplace Culture

Do you start each day by spending time with the Lord? In February of 1992, my finances were in ruin. I thought I was doing things the right way and yet all I worked hard for was lost. I was working, but I was working my way, and not the Lord’s way. I never thought for a moment that what I was doing was not God’s way.
What is your level of zeal and spiritual fervor? How can you continue to serve even if those levels are low? We each have our stories of conversion, growth in friendship with God and our relationships with him, our own personal transformations in Christ and God’s great faithfulness. We have firsthand accounts of receiving his power through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and seeing it at work in our lives around us.
... “What is the difference between a lover and a prostitute?” Both do many of the same things, but lovers do what they do because they love; prostitutes pretend to love, but only as long as they get what they want. What would happen if God stopped giving us what we wanted? Would we continue to love him?
On the first day of the week following Jesus’ crucifixion, Mary Magdalene had gone to the tomb where Jesus had been laid. She sees that Jesus’ body is not in the tomb and she is distraught. She encounters Jesus, but does not recognize him, thinking he is the gardener. Though she does not recognize him by sight, she does by the way he says her name.
How seriously do you take your duty to support your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? If I am in town, I'm at our weekly CIC meeting. These brothers have helped mold my conscience and hold me accountable. Here is some of my best advice I would like to share from our 11 years of meetings...
We are all more consistent in our faith when others walk with us and encourage us. In addition, we will continue to grow and strengthen our faith by frequent, regular contact with other believers. Small gatherings like CIC Challenge Groups are wonderful, but only in the safe environment of acceptance and trusted confidentiality amongst the members. The sharing transforms the fellowship.
The “Go Green” campaign is all around. The campaign has already done a lot to educate us about conserving resources and making energy-conscious decisions. Consumers are now selecting green products, recycling more than ever, and driving innovations around clean energy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there could be a national “Go God” campaign?
There is a grace in fellowship that is not present any other time. When men and women of God meet together in fellowship, such as in Challenge Groups, God uses our gifts, along with his grace, to fulfill a need in someone else. Conversely, God uses the gifts of others to fulfill a need in you.
The remnant of Israel was not a showy bunch. They were meek and humble and known by their trust in God. We are called today to be God’s remnant in a post-Christian culture. How are we doing?
Growing up, my family rarely attended church. I had always known about God from stories and songs I was taught. I thought God loved us and that was it, end of story. I didn’t understand that in any relationship there is receiving and giving of oneself...

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