What are we working towards?

Challenging words. When we work for God, everything changes. Our attitude, our manner, and the way our co-workers see us.

When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. (NLT) ( John 15:8 )

The majority of our days can be spent working and laboring trying to produce fruitfulness. Is your profession one that goest against your faith? Does it continuously put you in a position that forces you to choose against what you believe is right? This is a difficult situation. Perhaps it’s time to make a change and take a stand, have a difficult conversation, or possibly change jobs. God will honor you and provide exactly what you need when you need it. He will be faithful to those who honor Him. Who knows what kind of impact you will have on policies, fellow co-workers, or your position. Download this app to get your daily devotions: http://jctrois.com http://www.jctrois.com/dailybibledevotion/devotion.html?devo=cuDicbUd72

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Less and less.

I read this yesterday. Great word as we head into work week. What are our motives? Who are we trying to glorify? Him or ourselves?

He [Jesus] must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. (NLT) ( John 3:30 )

It’s so natural for us to focus on our accomplishments and want to bolster our image. The problem with this thinking is it’s selfish. When we focus on humbling ourselves, we step aside and let Christ shine. How can we become less important? A few steps can make a difference such as seeking others’ opinions or not being afraid to make mistakes. In addition, allowing Jesus to become a greater influence in our lives increases His importance to us. Open yourself up to increasing God and decreasing yourself. Download this app to get your daily devotions: http://jctrois.com http://www.jctrois.com/dailybibledevotion/devotion.html?devo=04oZUxNr77

Right here. Right now.

I read this passage from Mark yesterday and a great devotional that came with it.

In relation to the workplace, has God got us right where he wants us? Even when we are looking to move on?

And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. (NLT) ( Mark 12:30 )

Is your heart wholeheartedly serving God where He has placed you? Has your heart moved on and God won’t let you go? The danger of this happening is the fruits of your labor becomes much less fruitful. However, it is entirely possible to once again bear bountiful fruit. Even though it may be difficult to do, bring all of your heart back to where you have been placed until God moves you elsewhere. Bring back your heart. Download this app to get your daily devotions: http://jctrois.com http://www.jctrois.com/dailybibledevotion/devotion.html?devo=ZkpBhVzBpI

Don’t quit.

If your boss is angry at you, don’t quit! A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes. (NLT) ( Ecclesiastes 10:4 )

It happens. We make a mistake or do something to offend someone who has authority over us at work. Out of frustration, anger, and despair we want to quit. The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, gave us great insight into the best way to respond. If we respond quietly, honorably and carefully carry on with our work it gives time for tempers to die down. How do you usually respond when a teacher, boss, or parent gets angry with you? Download this app to get your daily devotions: http://jctrois.com

What suit are you wearing today?

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (NLT) ( Colossians 3:12 )

What would it look like if believers took this verse to heart? The business world would be a different place, driving during rush hour would be a different experience, and so too our own homes would be different. The world would be a better place. Do you think the world needs more mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, or patience? Choose one of these clothes and focus on wearing it this week. Download this app to get your daily devotions: http://jctrois.com

Good morning or great morning?

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. (NLT) ( Genesis 2:15 )

Do you dread Monday mornings? Work was God’s first task to humans in the Garden of Eden. God didn’t give us work to make us trudge along in our days. He did it so we could receive joy from our accomplishments, seek Him, and bring glory to His name. If you don’t find what you are doing to be a labor of love, try changing your attitude. Or try changing your circumstances. Download this app to get your daily devotions: http://jctrois.com

9 March, 2015 08:16

Something for us all to think about as we start another work week!

You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. (NLT) ( Psalm 4:7 )

Have you ever thought about having an abundance of money? We seem to think it solves all problems, but in reality it doesn’t bring lasting joy. Your problems only change. It is possible to have a greater joy which leads to a changing of your mind. A relationship with God is a greater blessing than any amount of money. Where does your joy come from and is it abundant? Download this app to get your daily devotions: http://jctrois.com

A smooth ride

I came across these words this morning. Great encouragement for those of us heading into work today.

But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them. (NLT) ( Isaiah 26:7 )

If you know that today is going to be a hard day, take comfort in this verse. Say a prayer to ask God to smooth out the day ahead of you. He will go before you and orchestrate circumstances, attitudes, and actions. Be encouraged this morning as you prepare to face your day and know that because of your faith, it will not be steep and rough. Download this app to get your daily devotions: http://jctrois.com