Why Christians Should Give Their Best at Work

Christians should be the best employees and students, always going the extra mile to serve diligently and with contagious joy. We should be dependable and accountable — even when no one is looking — because God is always watching! And we ultimately work for Him.

When we demonstrate that level of integrity and character, we make Jesus attractive and make Him known without even having to mention His name. And our excellence will increase our influence. People will wonder why there is something different about us. That gives us an opportunity to speak into someone’s life — maybe even offer to pray for them and invite them to our church.

And while we don’t often get to share our faith openly at work, we do have the extraordinary opportunity to live out Jesus every day. We glorify Him when we do.

Drill Down for Good

Discovered: When you chase Feel Good; it progressively destroys good. When you chase do good; it grows feel good!

The Challenge: Drill Down for Good (Because God’s good goes deeper and lasts longer.)

  • Public
  • Private
  • Secret

The Secret to a Merry Christmas “good life”? (Join Jesus)

  1. Yoke up for His pardon.
  2. Learn to live good in secret

The Importance of Perspective

David knew that before He could really access joy, He had to return to a right view of God and himself.

Discontentment is not an issue of the value of the things in your life, but the perspective you have of your life. If you don’t get “discontent” settled in your soul, you’ll never be content.

The next, and the new, turns into the old and the mundane really fast if the issue is discontentment on the inside.

Thanksgiving renews the perspective of our lives and helps us see blessings again.

The Difference Between Happiness and Joy

We get the feeling of happiness confused as the presence of joy.

The Bible uses the word “joy”, but culture uses happiness. Happiness is emotional and fleeting, while joy is steady and sure.

But, Joy is NOT in the emotions first, it is first in the spirit. Happiness is circumstantial. Joy is in identity. Joy is higher than happiness. It can exist whether you are happy or not.

And when we get the two of these confused, we will find ourselves trying to force the feeling of happiness into the place meant for joy, but happy can not replace joy.

The strength of your walk with God is that you can sustain a life of joy, and it is connected to your ability to be thankful.

Thanksgiving Is the Gatekeeper to Joy

There is something about giving thanks that helps us unlock joy in our lives. Joy cannot be gained by external additions, but happens as an internal transformation. The more we understand discontentment, the more we begin to see the freedom of thanksgiving.

Discontentment leads to joyless (robs joy).

Thanksgiving leads to joy (fuels joy).

 

Discontentment Robs Joy From Our Lives

Discontentment on any level undoes relationships, friendships, careers, marriages, and families.

As we feel joy slip away, we start clamoring through life, frantically searching for the next thing, or some change in relationship or circumstance, that will satisfy this discontentment.

But no amount of MORE (no money, promotion, stuff, change in circumstances), can give breath in life like thanksgiving can.

Growing thankfulness and thanksgiving in your life would be central to a breakthrough in discontentment.

Bitterness Will Eat You Away

Much like a tree can look healthy on the outside but be hollow on the inside, bitterness can eat you away and erode your heart. Holding a grudge will empty you of your compassion, your joy, and your capacity to love. God wants to help you forgive those who have hurt you. If you can’t do it in your own strength, lean into His.

It’s Hard To Forgive

Forgiveness is not something you usually can do on your own; it requires God’s help. It’s a supernatural act, but it starts with you and an act of your will.  You may have to pray every day – “God I want to forgive them. I need to forgive them. God help me forgive them.” – for a very long time. But know that even the desire to forgive is a sign that God is at work in your heart. And when you do find the power to forgive, you’ll also find freedom from carrying that heavy burden.

With God: All Joy, No Sorrow?

Ask yourself if this statement is true or false: If God is truly with me, I should have a life that is full of joy and absent of sorrow.

If you believe that statement is true, you’ll inevitably turn on God when you experience loss, tragedy, and frustration. You’ll mistakenly believe that He’s a bad shepherd. However, if you believe that statement is false, you’ll turn to God even more during hard times because you’ll know how desperately you need Him. You’ll believe the truth – that He’s a good shepherd!

Satan’s Tool

Satan seeks to steal your joy, kill your hope, destroy your relationships, and wreck your life. Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there. All authority on heaven and earth has been given to Jesus, and He promises us an abundant life.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

– John 10:10

Fighting To Find Joy

Fighting to find joy is about fighting to have the right perspective.

God has not promised us that our circumstances would be easy. He promised to give us a way and a means to find joy in even the most difficult circumstances.

Very often we’re asking God to change our circumstances, but God is asking us to change our perspective. To grow us in the grit, to find joy in any circumstance. When we have the right perspective, we can find joy in any circumstance just like Paul did.

The Apostle Paul, Growing In Grit

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4: 6-8

“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

Grit: The will to fight to the finish.

  • Fight against the lies.
  • Fight to put Christ first.
  • Fight to find the joy.

Questions:

  • How much joy do you have in your life these days?
  • Where are you in danger of putting yourself first instead of Christ?
  • How are you going to grow in your knowledge of the Bible to protect yourself and your family against the lies?

Joy Of Christmas

  • Joy to the world the Lord is come
  • Let earth receive her King
  • Let every heart prepare him room

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us

Romans 5:8

When we violate God’s principles for life, marriage, morals, money, relationships, business & when we play god in our life – we mess up life as God designed it & life breaks down.

The joy of Christmas is knowing that Jesus came in the midst of our sin not to get even, but to forgive us.

Joy in Relationships

Scripture:

  • John 15:11
  • John 10:10

Big Picture:

  1. Joy shows up in relationships.
  2. Jesus alone can complete you. (John 15:11)
  3. Jesus gives you abundant life so that you can share it. (John 10:10)
  4. If you want to enjoy you’ve got to bring joy.

Best Practices:

  1. Face–to–Face
  2. Side–by–Side
  3. Belly Button–to–Belly Button

What Keeps You Up At Night

A Theology of Sleep:

  1. God never ________.
  2. Sleep is an act of __________.
  3. Sleep is a ________ from God.
  4. Sleep is necessary to _________ well.

The Promise of Peace:

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8; NIV)

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28; MSG)

  • In the midst of our troubles, he gives us Peace ____________.
  • In relationships, he gives us Peace for ___________.
  • Through Jesus, he gives us Peace with _________.

Building Spiritual Muscle

You must lift Kingdom ________________________ to build spiritual ________________________.

Spiritual ____________________ = Spiritual _____________________

Three practices to help you build spiritual muscle:

1. _____________________________

2. _____________________________

3. ______________________________

Reflect: What is your plan for 2014?