Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. - Colossians 3:23-24

So we believe that part of being a disciple of Jesus is to be marked by love. But what does that mean at work? How can I be marked by love in that context and particularly in relation to a difficult boss? Well author of Peace wise Ken Sande suggests that in all our relationships what we need to do is to follow our GPS. (I know right, corny). What do we mean by it? Well we are to seek to 1. Glorify God, 2 Pursue God and 3. Serve God.

One testimony that he received from someone who had a difficult, discouraging and bossy, well um, boss was that over years he had been worn down. And so he settled into a low lying discontent. Joining in on gossip and generally having a negative attitude. But when he heard about GPS, he decided that I had to apply these principles to that relationship. “So I did a search on work and discovered God really cared about that relationship; Lk 6:27-36, Rom. 12:17-21, Eph 6:5-8, Col 3:22-24, 1 Tim 6:1-2 & Tit. 2:9-14. I never realised that the bible had so much to say about a difficult work environment. It took a while for me to change bad habits but over time by God’s grace- my attitude changed. Sadly it hasn’t changed my boss but it has had an impact on my co-workers. They keep asking me what had happened to me. It turns out- having a bad boss can create opportunities for witnessing!

So go be good news glorify, pursue & seek God in your workplace.

Grace and peace from Marcus

This testimony can be seen on the relational wisdom 360 website under his great articles.

The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.
- C.S. Lewis

Have you ever thought" what is the purpose of church?" Maybe church is just a social group of like minded people who get along with each other? There has got to be more to church than that doesn't there?

C.S. Lewis was right in saying the real reason the church exists is to draw us to Christ and make us little Christs in our world. And we, the church, do that through for main areas: glorifying God; building up each other; sharing the good news of Jesus; and doing good. Paul reminds us in Philippians 2:6-11 Jesus' primary purpose, in his life death and resurrection was to bring glory to God, and likewise in all we do, we too should seek to glorify God. Paul also reminds us throughout his letters that God has equipped each member of the church differently in order that we may use our gifts to build each other up. Jesus' last command to his followers in both Matthew and Acts is to make sure that the good news of Jesus is shared not just in their own area, but all over the earth. As the church we are also meant to be doing good. Concern for the fatherless, the widow, and those who suffer is appropriate for those who worship a God who himself shows such concern.

So let's glorify God; build up each other; share the good news of Jesus; and do good in order that we may continue to help make more little Christs!

- Ben Dixon

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters[a] loved by God, that he has chosen you. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4

Paul, Silas and Timothy wrote this letter to the church at Thessalonica. Some believe it was in fact the first book of the New Testament to be written. In it, we see both Paul and his for the Thessalonians and the strong and fruitful response among the Thessalonians to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Here Paul begins the letter with a greeting and a prayer. He knows that the Thessalonian churches have faced heavy opposition and are suffering for their faith and he commends them in his prayer for their faith, their love and their hope. These three realities have been part and parcel of their response to the gospel and the way they live their lives and he knows them to be right at the heart of God’s will for his people. Paul will mention them again- in 1 Corinthians and Colossians, suggesting that he thinks they are of great significance in the life of the disciples. He sees that each of these three have practical significance as faith promoted work, love promoted hard labour, hope enabled them to endure hardship. All that to say – that God wants us to be a people of faith, hope and love. May the life of Jesus produce these in us.

Grace and peace from Marcus

 

A great deal more failure is the result of excess caution than of bold experimentation with new ideas. The frontiers of the kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution. – Oswald Chambers

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my own expression of Christian faith can be boring and domesticated- safe, predictable and routine. But as I read the scriptures I see a God that often advanced his cause on the backs of people that he entrusted to go out beyond the edges of their own sense of safety and comfort into a place of “uncertain trust.” “Uncertain trust”- what does that mean? Well just this- has your expression of Christian discipleship taken you to place recently were- “unless God comes through, your done.” This I think is how we are to live- banking on the provision of God- resting on his promises so their truth becomes our only hope. This is the heart of being a part of the mission of God- unless God does it- we wont make it. I have this picture of frightened disciples behind closed doors- still processing Jesus death and resurrection- then the Spirit comes- the wind comes and they throw caution to the wind. There is a job to be done- and if God is for us then who cares what comes against us. Lets recapture the adventure embedded in our faith because as CS Lewis said:

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life or death.”

Grace and peace from Marcus

“Go therefore to every ethnic group and help them become my apprentices.”

The assumption of Jesus early program for his people on earth was that they would live their lives as his students and co-labourers. They would find him so admirable in every respect- wise, beautiful, powerful and good- that they would seek to be in his presence and be guided, instructed and helped by him in every aspect of their lives. He is the living head of the community of prayerful love across all time and space. On that assumption, his promises to his people were that he would be with them in every moment. More generally, the provisions that he made for his people during this period in which we now live are provisions for those who are precisely apprentices to him in kingdom living.

The effect of continuous study under Jesus would naturally be to learn how to do everything we do in the name of Jesus (Col. 3:17); that is, on his behalf or in his place; that is, once again as if he himself were doing it. And of course, that means we will learn to conform to “everything I have commanded you (Matt. 28:20). In his presence our inner life will be transformed, and we will become the kind of people for whom his course of action is the natural and supernatural course of action. Plainly in the eyes of Jesus there is no good reason for not doing what he said to do, for he only tells us to do what is best.

Grace and peace from Marcus
Taken from the Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Williard