It’s so easy to get caught up in the pace of the world and leave Jesus out of our lives and our workplace. Here’s an idea. What would it be like if we looked at our place of employment as a mission field??????? You know, like Jesus asks us to do in His scriptures.
Mat 4:19 “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mat 28:19a “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”
Workplace Attitude – Take Jesus With You
I drive into work listening to gospel music or a prerecorded sermon on the radio or a message from Christian programming. I get out of the car and walk to the building entrance. As I open the building door I leave just enough room for me to get in and I leave Jesus out of my life situations of the day. After all, I have so much to worry about and do today…………..after all my situations at work are too small for Jesus to take care of them. Or I never thought that my Jesus wanted to be involved in my whole life.
Jesus waits patiently for me to return to Him throughout the day as I do my thing for the next 9 hours. You see I left Him figuratively at the door when my total focus was allowed to be changed. And of course He never left me. I left Him for the moment.
First two hours of work–I fuss and complain about things not going right. Jesus waits for me to ask for help. Of course I’ve been trained nicely by my world that I can do all things through my own strength. I don’t want to have to be dependent on anyone or anything. After all, I am a proud person. Oh, if I only knew just how dependent I really am.
By lunch time–I’m flustered, regretting I work in this place and sputtering bitterness all over folks. I act like most of those around me. Jesus continues to wait on me. He tries to get my attention but I can’t hear him; my focus is on my problems and how I can solve them. And as things get worse I grow further into myself to find strength.
Jesus knows that with this attitude I went in there defenseless.
When will I learn?
End of the day–I’m tired, run down, no energy, irritable & frustrated. I leave the building & Jesus happily greets me as I attempt to leave the worldly focus but I’m in no mood for Him now. I’ve just been to hell and back and the last thing I want to do is be bothered with anyone but me and my pity party.
God shows me how badly I’ve been and worst of all, He lets me feel a small portion of how grieved He was because of my actions and attitude. I left Jesus outside of my life, almost let the door smack in His face and I went in here defenseless.
From time to time our jobs overwhelm us and we completely forget to “take Jesus with us.” We may not go around cursing anyone out or punching anyone in the face (hopefully) but what are our actions saying about us and about who or whose we are?
We are or at least we are supposed to be the salt of the Earth and the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
Col. 3:23-24 – “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. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
What if our work place, neighborhood and community really are our mission fields? TRY TAKING JESUS WITH YOU TODAY.
Give it a try today and see if at the start and end of the day your attitude is different!
Have a BLESSED Day serving the King of Kings!!!