Is it possible to be perfect today?

Psalm 18:32

“God arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”

Conversation

Can we really be perfect? Somewhere in The Bible it suggests we can never truly be but I can’t remember where. I often say to myself “Today, I’m going to try and be like Jesus”. That means that every second of every minute of every hour of every day I have to be the following in the work place and everywhere else:

– Kind, Loving, Wise, Strong, Forgiving, Joyful, Peaceful, Humble, Patient, Encouraging…

The list goes on. But I know what you’re thinking. “That’s impossible to be all those things”! Truth is, I sometimes blow it within the first 30 seconds of walking into the workplace by not saying a friendly hello to a co-worker because I’m too wrapped in myself and my own thoughts. Unfortunately or fortunately, (depending on how you look at it ), God wants us to be all the above words. Demands it actually. But the good news is we can’t be that way by ourselves. We just have to know that we’re aiming for it and be active in doing it.  As Psalm 18:32 suggests, we need God’s strength to help us.  But what does God’s strength mean? And how do we get it?  Through prayer we can pray for strength through the power of the Holy Spirit. Regularly reading scripture is a reminder of how we should behave. Talking to fellow christians also helps through sharing concerns, worries and difficult situations.  When we feel closer to God we become more aware of His presence and that helps us check ourselves before we may say something wrong or take action in an inappropriate way. 

So, let’s try and aim for perfection today. Not just for ourselves but for the benefit of those around us who might just notice something different about us. Jesus shining through us!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, forgive us for not being perfect. Forgive us for not behaving in the way that glorifies you. We humble ourselves before you and pray that you can give us the strength to make our way perfect. Amen.

Picture of the Day

I love this picture of Jesus forgiving. When I’m praying for forgiveness I have an image like this in my head. It’s incredibly comforting. 

We can let go of our past sins knowing that God has forgiven us.

Who do you really work for?

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Colossians 3:23

‘Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than the people’.

Take a moment to say thanks to God for your gifts and blessings.


Conversation

One of the first questions I’m ever asked at  a function or social dinner is “what do I do?” or “who do I work for?” It’s a default question to break the ice. Of course, I always politely reply by saying who I work for or what I do. But the truth is, I work for God because it’s he who has given me the gifts and skills to do my work and it’s he that gives me the strength and confidence to face the issues in my work place. It’s all come from God because he created me, not the company I work for. Of course, the company benefits, and I try to be a loyal and hard-working employee because God wants me to behave in that way. And hopefully I benefit as well. As it goes on to say in Colossians 3:24, ‘Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward and that the Master you are serving is Christ’. I pray that one day when I’m asked that question, I can simply reply ‘God’ and then explain why.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, today, give us the faith to turn to you in our work places. To praise and thank you when things are going well and for strength and wisdom when we’re facing difficulties. For it is you we serve and glorify. Amen.