Work – World Codes!

Beloved in the Lord,
This week, we are going to talk about Work. Today’s focus is on, Work – World Codes!


May the Holy Spirit minister deeply into our hearts, the message He has for us today.
Enjoy!

SCRIPTURE: “He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honoured”.
(Proverbs 27:18 NIV)

Let us look at some ethical issues to gird us in the way we work, based on Col. 3:22-4:1.  Paul’s letters have much to say to believers as we live out our faith in the work world.  Paul usually speaks to both leaders and workers about the tough character and choices required to honour Christ in a difficult workplace environment.  For example:
 
Guidelines for Managers and Others in Authority        
Finance
Workers deserve payment for their work – 1 Cor. 9:7-14
You are accountable for fair employee compensation – Col. 4:1
Handle wealth very delicately – 1 Tim. 6:9-10; 17-18 

Workplace Relationship
Bring your walk with Christ into each business relationship – 2 Cor. 7:1Value people highly – Gal. 5:14; Eph. 4:31-32Treat and motivate employees with respect rather than threats – Col. 6:5-9Have a reasonable view of yourself – Rom. 12:3 

Communication
Accusations must be verified – Matt.18:15-35; 2 Cor. 13:1; 1 Tim. 5:19Communication should always be gracious and truthful – Col. 4:6 

Responsibility
Fulfil your commitments – Rom. 13:6-8Remember your accountability – 1 Cor. 3:9-15Care for the poor and the weak – Rom. 12:13; Gal. 2:10Learn how to handle times of bounty and leanness – Phil. 4:12Remember, God’s Son gets the ultimate credit – Col. 1:17-18Be sure to care for your own family – 1 Tim. 5:8- TitusDiscern needs and meets them – Titus 3:14 

Management             
View time not in terms of time management, but also in light of the long-term implications of your decisions – 2 Cor.4:16-18; 2 Peter 3:8-13.Help each employee discern the best thing to do – 1 Thess. 5:14-15Be willing to change your opinions – 2 Cor.5:16-17;
Philemon 10-14.  

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WHO IS THE BOSS?

Beloved in the Lord,
This week, we are going to talk about Work. Today’s focus is on, WHO IS THE BOSS?


May the Holy Spirit minister deeply into our hearts, the message He has for us today.
Enjoy!

SCRIPTURE: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.” (Colossians 3:22).

Christ gives you work to do. Work is a gift from God. He has created you in His own image to be a worker, giving you skills and abilities to accomplish His purposes. He has also sovereignly placed you in your occupation to do His work there. Even if your job is as lowly as a Roman slave’s, it still has value and dignity to Christ.  Christ is your Boss, but He uses human supervisors.

People, in authority over you are actually human representatives of Christ. They may not act very Christlike. But in working for them, you are ultimately working for Christ. Do you follow instructions? Do you shirk your job when they are not around? Are you more interested in impressing them to gain approval and advancement than getting the job done? How would your work ethic change if you saw Christ as your supervision?
Christ asks you to put your heart into your work. If you serve Christ in your job, you have more than else to work with integrity and enthusiasm.

The job itself may be unchallenging or unpleasant. But Christ asks you to do it with dignity, to the best of your ability, as though working for Christ Himself.  Christ will reward you for good, faithful work, and will review your work someday. You can expect praise and reward for working in a Christlike manner.

 
STAY BLESSED.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website : saltandlightministriesgh.org

MAKE TIME TO SERVE AT WORK

“If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important” (Galatians 6:3 NLT).
God isn’t impressed with your status. He’s impressed with your service

You are here on Earth to serve. If you want your work to be a ministry, you have to be willing to lend a helping hand in a practical way—and you can assist people in hundreds of ways. Years ago someone started a ministry at our church called People Helping People. Folks simply helped others in their area of expertise or interest, whether it was home repair, plumbing, gardening, housekeeping, auto repair, or accounting.

Helping others doesn’t have to be complicated. Just use what you know how to do to help other people. That’s called ministry! Every opportunity to meet a need is simply a way to show God’s love. This is true even—and especially—when it comes to your workplace and your co-workers.

Jesus said, “Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28 TLB).

It’s our nature to want to be served. I want to be served. I want people to wait on me. I want people to do things for me. Yet the mark of a Christian is the desire to serve. The Spirit of Christ is service and giving yourself away.

Who in your office or at your worksite is barely hanging on by a thread? Make it your business to know. That’s what being a Christian is all about! There are people all around you who are hurting. Behind their smile, they’re dying under the weight of some hurt or burden. God wants you to be the one to lift them up and show them his love.

You might say, “But I’ve got problems, too. I’ve got things to do. I’ve got goals to achieve. I don’t have time for ministry.” If you don’t have time to help anybody else, your life is too self-centered. It’s that simple. God did not put you here to live only for yourself. If you’re too busy for ministry, then you are just too busy.

Being a Christian means accepting people unconditionally, affirming people continually, and assisting people eagerly. God wants us to help others.

Talk about it.

Who do you know that needs some practical help this week or even today? What will you do about it?
Sometimes a simple phone call is the help that someone needs. What person would be encouraged by your hopeful words today? Don’t put it off any longer.
If you think you’re too busy for ministry, take some time to assess your schedule. What less important things are taking up time that could be spent on more important things?

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Daily Hope with Rick Warren.

YOUR THREE-WAY CALLING

In Jude 1, we read the following greeting,
Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ.

The Greek word for called here is used in three different ways. As believers in Jesus Christ, this word tells us we are called to three things:

1. It is used for those who are summoned to an office, duty, or a responsibility. Friend, every believer has been called. You have a duty, you have an office, and you have a responsibility. We have all been called to do something for Christ. We are ambassadors for Christ, and we need to represent Him to a lost and dying world.

2. The word called is also used in the Greek language to summon someone to a feast or a festival. And you know what? You have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb, and you will sit down one day to enjoy all the things God has planned for eternity.

3. Finally, the word translated called in this passage is used to summon someone into court to give an account for themselves, or to summon them to judgment. One day we will have to give an account of our lives. One day every one of us will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account for the works done in the body.
You have a responsibility to represent Christ to our dying world, to someday celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb, and to ultimately give an account of your life.
I pray you will embrace and fulfill your calling today!

STAY BLESSED