Work is a blessing, not a curse.Thank God it’s Monday! Bridge the Sunday gap to Monday.Bridge the Sacred and Secular divide.Work is a ministry, not just a job.Work as Worship – work is more than a paycheck.Receive blessings from God and be a blessing at work.Keep an empty seat for Jesus at work – a reminder to invite Jesus to intervene, integrate our faith at work.Take Jesus to work – don’t leave Jesus at home. Don’t lock Jesus outside of your office.Embrace and enjoy our work with God’s 5P blessings – His Presence, Power, Promises, Provisions, Pleasant surprises.
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Work is a blessing, not a curse.Thank God it’s Monday! Bridge the Sunday gap to Monday.Bridge the Sacred and Secular divide.Work is a ministry, not just a job.Work as Worship – work is more than a paycheck.Receive blessings from God and be a blessing at work.Keep an empty seat for Jesus at work – a reminder to invite Jesus to intervene, integrate our faith at work.Take Jesus to work – don’t leave Jesus at home. Don’t lock Jesus outside of your office.Embrace and enjoy our work with God’s 5P blessings – His Presence, Power, Promises, Provisions, Pleasant surprises.

Oblivious to the Obvious

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Proverbs 18:1 (KJV) “Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.”

COMMENTARY: “Oblivious to the obvious” means to be unaware or neglectful of that which is easily seen and in need of immediate attention.

If something is so obvious, how can we be so very blind to it? Sometimes it’s ignorance, and sometimes it’s denial—a refusal to acknowledge reality. If we’re not careful, our own wishful desires can blind us from wisdom, and cause us to separate things that are normally and logically joined together. Through our intense yearning for a particular outcome, we can interfere with wisdom and hinder the successful pursuit of that outcome.

APPLICATION: There are an endless variety of business applications of this Scripture in the business world. For example, all businesses must make a profit, or they will not stay in business. Revenues must exceed expenses. Accounts receivable must be current, so that accounts payable can be current. Payroll and benefits must be in-line with the company’s financial resources.

Many employees and their families do not understand the arithmetic of running a business. Some are simply ignorant. Others do not want to understand. In their relentless pursuit of career, higher pay, more benefits, a bigger house and more “stuff,” they blindly push management for more. When push comes to shove, employees get laid off, businesses close or move away. By meddling with wisdom, a man or woman can hinder or destroy the very dream that he or she yearns for! Do not self-destruct by meddling with wisdom. Be reasonable. Pray for wisdom. Instead of battling with management, minister to them. God is fully capable of giving you wisdom, raising you up, and making you a modern-day Joseph right where you are.

Joyfully yours,

Drew

For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Proverbs 18:1 (KJV),read Proverbs and Work from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.

Non-Violence @ Work

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Exodus 20:13 (KJV): “Thou shalt not kill.”

COMMENTARY: Today’s workplaces seem to be full of angry people. Discontent people. Stressed-out people. Manipulative people. Abusive people. Violent people. Sad to say, bizarre news accounts of disgruntled executives, employees and ex-employees entering workplaces with guns and going on shooting sprees have become alarmingly common. In the flesh, the scenario is scary. In the Spirit, we know that there’s always hope for positive change.

APPLICATION: The Lord has saved us and brought us into workplaces to be salt and light. To be Godly examples. To be ministers of reconciliation in the public square. It’s time for Christian employers and employees alike to understand that emotional, mental, physical or spiritual manipulation, abuse, and violence have NO place in the workplace (or anywhere else, for that matter).

Satan is continuously at work to kill, steal and destroy. The Holy Spirit wants us to be fountains of Living Waters springing forth love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control. He wants you and me to be Christlike in our relationships with our bosses, co-workers, employees, customers, suppliers and anyone else with whom He brings us in contact.

You can “kill” someone with your tongue, body language, overbearing micro-management and oppressive controlling spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to sensitize you to ways that you are being destructive instead of constructive. We all have dysfunctional behavior patterns from the past that need to be eliminated by the washing of the water of the Word and the Spirit.

Joyfully yours,

Drew

For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Exodus 20:13 (KJV),read “You Shall Not Murder” (Exodus 20:13) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.

Moving? Don’t Cling to Your Stuff!

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Genesis 45:20 (KJV): “Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is your’s.”

COMMENTARY: In this passage, Pharoah commanded Joseph to move his family to Egypt without worrying about packing all of their “stuff” with them. Pharoah promised to provide for their needs.

APPLICATION: Perhaps your community is going through an economic famine. Perhaps your employer is transferring you to a new location. Perhaps you were laid off, and you’re preparing to take a new position that will require you to relocate your family.

Transplanting yourself and your family to a new location is emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually and perhaps financially difficult. Even if you’re single, moving can be very challenging. 

Every time you move, you must take an inventory of your “stuff” and make decisions about what to keep, sell, give away and discard. If you are going through a move, be of good cheer. God WILL take care of you, wherever you go. Don’t cling to your “stuff” for security. This move is a God-given opportunity to get rid of clutter, get back to basics, and trust in God for your future.

Remember what 1 Timothy 6:6-8 says: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” May the Lord give you peace, wisdom and enthusiasm as you move and begin a new chapter in life’s journey.

Joyfully yours,

Drew

For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Genesis 45:20 (KJV),read Jacob’s Family’s Move to Egypt (Genesis 45:16-47:12) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.

Moving Forward in Criticism

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Isaiah 53:3 (KVJ): “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised and we esteemed him not.”

COMMENTARY: Everywhere Jesus went, He was criticized and rejected for doing good. Here’s a good exercise: study the four Gospels and make a chart with five columns: BIBLE PASSAGE, JESUS’ ACT, NATURE OF CRITICISM, BY WHOM, and JESUS’ RESPONSE. Then, go through each Gospel, filling in the chart when you come to passages where Jesus is criticized. This will be a real eye-opener!

For example, in Matthew, Jesus heals a paralyzed man and is accused of blasphemy. He ministers to sinners and is criticized for hanging around the wrong crowd. He heals a man possessed of a demon and is accused of being Satanic. He feeds the hungry and is criticized for working on the Sabbath. He teaches Truth, and his credentials and authority are criticized. He cleans the temple and is criticized for his audacity. A variety of people criticize Him including his own family, friends, disciples, townspeople, Pharisees, Sadduces, chief priests and scribes. A final tidal wave of criticism and rejection leads to His crucifixion.

Notice how Jesus responds to each instance of criticism and rejection. Time after time, He keeps going, keeps healing, keeps preaching, keeps teaching. No criticism or rejection of men stops Him from fulfilling His calling. The critics can’t even intimidate and silence him with death because He had victory over that, too.

APPLICATION: If you’re facing criticism and rejection on the job today because of your good, Godly works, be of good cheer. Jesus went through it Himself. Don’t stop. Don’t flinch. Don’t give up. Keep on faithfully serving the Lord.

Joyfully yours,

Drew

For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Isaiah 53:3 (KVJ),read Servant at Work (Isaiah 40ff.) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.

Mentor Younger Workers

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Titus 2:4a, 6 (KJV): “That they may teach the young women to be sober…Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.”

COMMENTARY: As a pastor at Crete, Titus had a big challenge trying to organize the early church. He urged everyone to take an active role in building a constructive, Godly church culture. He urged older believers to teach younger believers and pass along valuable, Godly knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

APPLICATION: It is crucial that older Christian business owners, partners, managers and employees mentor younger Christian men and women in the workplace. These younger workers need to know how to have a Godly work attitude and work ethic. If they do, they will be blessed for years to come. If they don’t, unless God intercedes, they will struggle for years to come.

How young people handle their jobs can either be a springboard for a successful, fruitful career climb or a slippery slide into chaos, poverty and unfruitfulness. Not only do ungodly attitudes and work ethics hinder young people; they hinder the organizations for which these people work. They also hinder the testimony and cause of Christ.

What are you doing to pass along Godly wisdom to others at work?

Joyfully yours,

Drew

For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Titus 2:4a, 6 (KJV),read Titus: Working for Good Deeds from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.

May I Have Your Permission to be Bold?

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John 3:7 (KJV): “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

COMMENTARY: Today, you may be religious. You may be a church leader or member. But have you been “born again” as Jesus said you must be?

For decades, I’ve had the heart of an evangelist and have discovered a way to be bold while being a gentleman sensitive to each person’s freewill. If I sense the Holy Spirit prodding me to share the Gospel, I often ask the person this question: “May I have your permission to be bold?”

They have the freewill to answer yes or no. Out of curiosity, most people say yes. That opens the door for me to share my personal testimony of salvation and a concise declaration of the Gospel. Since the person gave me permission to be bold, he or she doesn’t get upset with me when I challenge their assumptions about the condition of their soul and the way to heaven. Many of the people to whom I’ve posed this question have become “born again.”

APPLICATION: May I be bold with you now?If you do not have assurance that your sins are forgiven and that you have received the free gift of eternal life, please pray this prayer now with a sincere heart: “God, as much as I try to be a good person, when I compare myself to You, in your perfect holiness and righteousness, I recognize that I am a sinner. I cannot be good enough in my own power and strength to earn my way to heaven. I believe that Jesus was the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, that He lived a sinless life; that He died on the cross to pay the penalty of my sins; and that He rose from the dead. By faith, I repent of my sin and choose to trust Jesus as my Lord and Savior.” Praise God for salvation!

Joyfully yours,

Drew

For Further Exploration

For further exploration about John 3:7 (KJV),read Jesus Teaches Nicodemus (John 3:1-21) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.

Look out… Incoming!

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Ephesians 6:16 (KJV): “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

COMMENTARY: Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Grace through faith is what saves you for eternity. Faith is what keeps you growing in Christ. Faith is what motivates you to serve the Lord. Without faith, you cannot live the abundant, free, victorious Christian life. Don’t be naïve: as a Christ-follower, fiery darts will come at you. Your faith will be tested.

APPLICATION: There are many kinds of fiery darts that can come at you in the workplace. Some fiery darts are visible from a distance. You can see them coming. Others come without warning from the front, left, right or rear. Some come from straight above or straight below.

Fiery darts can come face-to-face or by phone, email, mail, text or social media. They can come from all kinds of people. They can come in the office, on the road, at the airport, on the train or on the boat. They can come when you’re home or overseas. These darts are specifically aimed and fired to wound or destroy you emotionally, mentally, physically, financially or spiritually. They can come 24/7,

day or night, in all kinds of weather, in all kinds of seasons.

You cannot stop the fiery darts of the wicked from being fired at you, but by the power of the Word and the Spirit, if you continue to walk shielded by faith you SHALL be able to quench each and every one. You CAN experience victory through Christ our Lord. The question of the day is, do you believe it or not?

Joyfully yours,

Drew

For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Ephesians 6:16 (KJV),read God’s Grand Plan: A Practical Guide (Ephesians 4:1–6:24) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.

Listen Up!

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Luke 8:18 (KJV): “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”

COMMENTARY: Over and over, Jesus exhorted people to listen and hear. There are good consequences for those who hear, and bad consequences for those who don’t. This is true of the Gospel. It’s also true with wisdom.

APPLICATION: At a family birthday party, I struck up a conversation with a semi-retired man with over 40 years of experience at a global manufacturing firm.

He had been a union leader on the shop floor for decades. We seemed to get along well, so as the conversation continued, I felt comfortable asking a probing question. “Based on your years of experience, what would you say have been your biggest issues with management, that have caused the most strife and tension?”

To my surprise, he didn’t say stinginess with pay and benefits, unsafe working conditions, company politics, or management incompetence. To him, the single biggest cause of friction between management and labor was listening. From his point of view, management didn’t listen to employee issues when they were small and easily fixable. Management didn’t hear what employees were saying, and ignored issues until they festered and became serious. Looking back, he believed that much of the friction could have been avoided if management had been listening from the beginning.

Do you actively and regularly listen to your employees? Do they listen to you? Communication requires two-way speaking and two-way listening. The benefits of listening to each other are enormous; the pitfalls of not listening are also enormous. If you want to improve management-labor relations, then communicate constructively on a regular basis.

Joyfully yours,

Drew

For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Luke 8:18 (KJV),read Luke and Work from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.

Learning & Development at its Best

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Isaiah 48:17-18 (KJV) “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.”

COMMENTARY: God’s will for Israel was that they enjoy the benefits of wisdom, of obeying His commands. The Israelites had the potential to live in a culture full of peace and righteousness. However, they chose to go their own way and suffered the painful consequences, including the loss of their freedom.

APPLICATION: God’s Word contains hundreds of wise principles for business. If applied, these principles can bring rivers of peace and waves of righteousness to the workplace, keep companies out of bondage, and set companies free to be “all they can be.”

Just think about the potential impact of millions of Christ-followers in the local, regional, national, and global economy if we allowed God to show us how to be wise and if we obeyed Him on a regular basis! There would be such a tidal wave of genuine, Holy Spirit-led righteousness that revival would break out. Christian employers and employees would be the most sought-after people in the world.

Is this a fantasy? No! It begins with you and me, today. Will we choose to apply Biblical principles in our businesses? Will we obey God? This dream can be fulfilled, one decision at a time.

Joyfully yours,

Drew

For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Isaiah 48:17-18 (KJV),read Servant at Work (Isaiah 40ff.) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.

Laziness @ Work

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Proverbs 26:13 (KJV): “The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.”

COMMENTARY: Have you noticed that some people are professionals at avoiding work? Avoiding hard work? Avoiding consistent work? Some people always seem to have a convenient excuse for not working. The list is endless. Because they lack a core work ethic and a solid commitment to “manufacturing a living,” they go down the path of poverty, milking the system, mooching off others, and living a life of dissatisfaction and idleness.

APPLICATION: We all need to hit the pause button, rest and refresh. However, don’t allow your downtime to evaporate your core work ethic. Proverbs 26 and many other Scriptures clearly and firmly point to the dangers and foolishness of laziness. Labor is good, necessary, and God-ordained!

Joyfully yours,

Drew

For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Proverbs 26:13 (KJV), read  Proverbs and Work from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.