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Work As Worship

Many Christians—from the CEO to the teacher to the stay-at-home mom—spend a great deal of time working and yet do not realize how their work intersects with their faith. They compartmentalize their faith to Sunday morning and see the rest of their week as having little to do with their walk with God. Scripture, however, makes no division between the sacred and secular parts of our lives. God gives us our work, talent and skills so that through them we might worship Him.

This six-part Bible study resource will challenge all of us to consider the reason God calls us to work. It will cause you to consider why He may have you in your current position and encourage you to look beyond how your job makes you feel and see purpose and significance in your work.

Through powerful biblical teaching, real-life documentary stories and engaging video illustrations, this series will help us understand the biblical mandate for work. We have been called to work with excellence, integrity, and diligence, and our careers are opportunities to be on mission for Christ in the marketplace. God gives us great potential for impact on our families, churches, communities and the world through the blessing of our work.

Dive into the entire bible study series here.

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Change the World through Hiring

Your company and your future work at your new company is God's plan to change the world. The integration of faith and work is by far the most strategic way to reach the world in order to fulfill the great commission. In fact, 32 million people with an average circle of 250 people could reach 8 billion people with the love and good news of Jesus Christ every year.
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Are you in the wheelbarrow?

Faith. What does that word mean to you? What comes to mind when you consider it?

Growing up going to church, faith was a word that I was familiar with and could define to some degree based on what I had been taught. I could quote Hebrews 11:1 “ Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” There was definitely more head knowledge than heart knowledge.  As a young person I considered it similar in meaning to the word belief. When teaching us how to share the gospel, my middle school youth pastor always told the story of Charles Blondin, a tight rope walker. Blondin crossed Niagara on a tightrope an estimated 300 times. The story my pastor told goes something like this: With spectators surrounding the area Blondin walked across Niagara, from the American side to the Canadian side, on a tightrope. The crowd erupted with applause and praise. Next he pushed a wheelbarrow back to the other side. Again a roar of cheer from the onlookers as he crossed the swift water. Wanting to make the feat even more daring, he asked the crowd “Who believes I can push a person across in this wheelbarrow?” The applause from the crowd gave a clear answer to his question. Then as he asked for a volunteer from that crowd, there was silence. Though they believed that he could do it, no one believed enough to put his life in that wheelbarrow.

My walk with God was very similar. I believed God could do anything. He is the all powerful, all knowing, creator of the Universe. But I had so much to learn about walking by faith. It has only been in the last few years that I have really begun to understand what it means to walk by “faith and not by sight”. Many years ago I told God that I trusted Him for my salvation,I believed Jesus died for my sins. However, through various circumstances and trials in my life I realized that God was asking me if I fully trusted Him with my life. Did I trust him with my relationships, my career, my identity, my hopes, my desires, my future, my possessions?

Often when we face decisions or unknowns in the journey of our lives we turn to things other than God to help us make the right decision. Sometimes we become paralyzed in moving forward, fearful that we may make a mistake. We wait for God to make the path clear before taking that step toward a decision. We want to know the end destination before setting off on our way. That isn’t faith. There are appropriate times that God asks us to wait. However there are many times He is asking us to move in a direction by faith and trust him fully when we don’t see the next step yet.

Quitting well paying secure jobs to go into part-time campus ministry staff and launch CoPassion has been that step of faith for me. We feel called to start a ministry that has never before existed and challenging for some to wrap their minds around. Many people in our culture would call us foolish. We don’t know yet what the end result is or the exact details of what life will look on the way. But there is something wildly amazing about stepping out in faith that way, seeking to rely fully on the Lord. It is such an exciting journey. My understanding of faith has moved beyond just something in my head to something I have experienced.

In what way do you need to fully put your life in God’s wheelbarrow and allow him to take you on a journey that is better than you ever imagined? Are you waiting for all of the details to be revealed or moving forward and trusting God one step at a time?

 

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