The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.
I spent yesterday in a meeting where we discussed discipleship – God’s desire to grow us more and more into the image of His Son, Jesus. While the topic is vast and a full treatment of the day-long discussion is well beyond a simple blog post, one thought kept running through my mind that seems relevant to all of us.
We need to be paying attention to what God wants to teach us during the work week. Yeah, I know that Sundays are the day we sit and listen to biblical messages and look for God to speak to us, but God is open for business Monday through Saturday too. And, in fact, He may have more to say to us amidst our work week than He could unpack on a Sunday morning.
You see, your work is the ideal environment for glorifying God. Through your work, you can…
- demonstrate the gifts He’s given you,
- honor Him with your commitment to excellence,
- contribute to the good of those who lead you,
- make a difference in your community and beyond,
- provide for the well-being and financial needs of your family,
- and connect with people who need to experience God’s love too.
Actually, there’s a whole lot more I could put on that list, but the point is–“Are we listening to God’s voice while at work?” What if we started each day, asking God what He wanted to show us today? What might be on His teaching agenda?
And what if we asked God what He wanted us to do for Him while at work? Do you think there are ways He can use us there? Of course, and the possible list of ways is enormous.
Following God was never intended to be a Sunday-only exercise. In fact, the real purpose of our Sunday gatherings is to encourage us as we worship with others, and equip us to impact our daily lives for God’s eternal purposes. All the stuff we talk about on Sundays can be lived in the place we spend the most time–work!
So start tomorrow morning, asking God those questions–what do you want to teach me and how do you want to use me and my workday for your glory? The results will likely be life-changing for you and for your coworkers and customers too.