Following Jesus. Apparently, it's tougher than we think.
There are many references in the Bible to the phrase "follow Me." I counted 40 in the New Living Translation alone. There are 208 New Testament references there to "follow Him", etc. Interestingly enough, there is but ONE reference to being "born again" and yet, where does The Church seem to place its emphasis? With so many denominations, we have developed a myriad of manmade "techniques" and just as many opinions regarding what it means, and at what moment, an individual is officially dubbed as "born again." Typically, once that moment is achieved, we give that individual a stamp of approval and set our sites on some other smoker or tattooed member in the congregation.
I don't see any such nonsense in Scripture. What I Do see, however, are scores of references to being a FOLLOWER of Jesus. With the exact same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead living IN US (Rom. 8:11), wouldn't He be with us even in the workplace? Don't we have an obligation to introduce others to Christ IN US, the hope of glory? After all, He is the answer to every problem known to mankind.
When it came to ministry, Jesus was a Workplace Chaplain. He spent most of His time talking to people in the Marketplace, rubbing shoulders with the lost, hard-working people though they were, and used many "working man" scenarios to get His point across. When Scripture implores us to "be imitators of God" and when Jesus said He "gave us an example," don't you think that includes our actions and attitudes in the very place we spend up to 70% of our lives?
If you have a job, you have a ministry. Though many will agree with the statement "The Church is not the building; it's the people," our words betray us when we refer to "The Church" as the building on the corner or even think of a stained-glass, steepled structure when we hear the word "church." WE are The Church; the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are ALWAYS The Church. We are never NOT The Church... and that INCLUDES The Workplace.
If your church or Christian group could use help in this regard (most Christians cannot recall having EVER heard a sermon pertaining to the spirituality of their jobs), just ask me. If you, as an individual, could use assistance, stay plugged-in to the Facebook group of The Church @ Work (TCAW) (see below). Send me an eMail if you need to discuss anything of a personal workplace matter.
When the things of God stop ebbing and flowing like a lake and, instead, sit stagnant like a pond, the Christian ceases to grow. If your Christian life can be summed-up in "spectating," you're ready for a spiritual jump-start. There's no time like the present! Imagine being paid by a secular employer to advance God's Kingdom! What will He think of next?
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