Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Psalm 100:1-2
“The desire for success is the most visible motivator in the work culture today. We all drive to achieve, to be successful. We want to provide well for our families, no doubt, and we enjoy the recognition that comes from winning. From our bounty, we will be generous with those who are less fortunate. But the drive for success is pretty selfish at its heart. It’s about me, me, me…
I believe that the only sustainable motivation for selfless behavior is gratitude. Let me say that again a different way. Only gratitude motivates us to care about others over the long term. Other emotions will motivate us for a little while, but they won’t motivate us for the long pull. And making disciples is a long-term process that requires selfless action over a long period of time…
So if gratitude is it, then let’s explore three major sources of gratitude. There may be others, but let’s talk about the big three that are central to the Christian: (1) Gratitude for forgiveness… (2) Gratitude for blessings and protection… (3) Gratitude for the Cross… Are you ready to turn it up a notch? Do you have a clear understanding of the Good News? Are you ready to start exporting your faith and making disciples?
If you are motivated to take your faith to work by anything other than gratitude, spend some time reflecting on the blessings God has given you… Make a list of the things you are grateful for – special people, special experiences, material blessings, unique protections that He has provided, forgiveness for your failures, your salvation, your adoption into His family, His volunteering to be your perfect Father. Keep adding to the list as long as it keeps coming…
I believe that the grateful heart is the inexhaustible fuel cell for becoming a workplace minister.”
Regi Campbell in About My Father’s Business: Taking Your Faith to Work (Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2009) 50-54.
Father in heaven, may our work be selfless service filled with gladness and gratitude because of all that Christ has done for us. Empower us to serve as workplace ministers by your Holy Spirit we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Today at the men’s retreat Sam Huggard and I will explore the work Christ has done for us and how that sets us free to serve as workers for Him. We will also look at ten workers for God in the New Testament world.
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