Success vs. Significance

Secular Industry and Success

If you work in a secular industry, you tend to look for success. However, when you know you are doing something sacred, you intend to experience significance. When we perceive our work to be sacred, we begin to look for how we are going to be significant rather than how we will be successful. These two things are very different. Most of us spend our lives thinking that we work for a living.

However, the Bible tells us, “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need” (Ephesians 4:28). You’re not called to work for a living. You are called to work for the sake of giving.

Significance and Mindset

Significance is determined by what we can give of ourselves. Our service determines significance. In the secular frame, I’m working to become successful, but success is like a bucket, while significance is a conduit or a pipe. Like a bucket, you want to be filled up. You cry out, “Fill my cup, Lord.” I’m full, I have arrived, I’ve achieved. ”

However, just like any bucket that gets filled up, there’s only so much that you can take because you’re a bucket. On the other hand, there is no limit to how much you can let flow through you when you are a conduit or a pipe. Like a pipe, good things can flow through you.

As you think about being significant, you have moved away from the mindset of the infancy of success, which typically means having enough money to live the lifestyle you dream about—your way of thinking shifts. You say to yourself, “I do not need just enough to make my dreams come true. I need even more money than that.

Because I also want to help other people live lifestyles that they dream about. You will see yourself desiring to be significant rather than just successful. Success is very inward-focused, and significance is very outward-focused. When you start thinking of a sacred calling, he will call you to do something out there. If you’re in business, why are you in business?

Profit and a Secular Mindset

If you are in a secular mindset, you have a business to make profits from. Let me give you something to think about. The size of your goal will determine your level of creativity. Your mind will never release any more creativity than your goal demands. If you are trying to find the money to pay the rent, then that’s how much imagination will flow through your mind. You’re going to find a way to pay the rent. But if you’re trying to find the money to buy the property outright, another level of creativity will come into play.

If your goal is to make a profit in a business, then a certain level of creativity will kick in. But if your goal is to be a philanthropist, you are now thinking about more than just how much money you can make. You begin to think about how much money you can give away and still be comfortable. It’s a higher goal, and higher levels of creativity come into play. It’s the shift from income to influence.

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Why We Want Secularism to be a Fact, Rather than a Myth

The Secularism Idea is Toxic

Do you know why we struggle with this principle? We work to believe that secularism is a myth because we despise our workplace. It is entirely toxic. Our coworkers irritate us. Sometimes we think that the devil completely possesses them. We hate the boss. He is frequently portrayed as an anti-Christ.

We see our work as a dead end because we are overworked, underpaid, unrecognized, and lacking in opportunity. Unfortunately, we perceive our work to be a constraint. Moreover, see it as a limit.

If you work for men, your resentment of your workplace is understandable. However, everything changes once you realize that God is your ultimate boss and that He hired you through men. When you shift your focus from your earthly boss to your Ultimate Boss in heaven, you will realize that God can determine how far and how high you can go. Because your career is ultimately working for God, God will be the one who decides what your next career move will be. As a result, you must make the necessary changes.

Roles are God-appointed

Many people mistake assuming that a role in society is less sacred than a role in the church. When you do not consider your work sacred, it becomes non-sacred. You will react to it in a non-sacred manner.

Neo-psychologists have studied the fort and language patterns of those who rise above poverty, class and race discrimination, exploitation, and a failing economy to achieve professional goals or become financially independent. Their conclusions are heavily influenced by a person’s belief in who has the final say. Those who believe they can and those who think they can’t usually are both correct. Individuals must decide what, if anything, controls the outcome of their lives. Is it external or internal forces? Identifying the forces you are allowing to control your life will determine how you live your life.

Shift the Locus of Control

Shifting the locus of control puts the power back in your hands and forces your mind to look for a way out. The fountain of creativity and innovation is unblocked, and a new wave of energy fills your body. The desire to live in the appetite for life then fills your imagination with all sorts of future possibilities. Some refer to this as false hope or living in fantasy land. However, for those who have experienced a shift in the locus of control, it has become the driving force behind their new lease on life.

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Shifting from Secular to the Sacred

Secular vs. Sacred Things

The secular or sacred nature of an object, person, or event is determined by your perspective on it. The terms “secular” and “sacred” are merely descriptors. Language has enormous power. Labels can influence how you react to an object, person, or event. You can change your perspective on things that you previously considered secular and see them as sacred.

Most of you who consider your work entirely unrelated for church work consider your Monday-Friday activities secular. You refer to it as “secular” work. However, when you volunteer for the church, whether as an usher or a Sunday school teacher, you think to yourself, “Now, this is my sacred work.”

We usually consider these jobs, such as bus driver or janitor, to be secular. “I’m driving a bus, what kind of job is that?” you think. I urge you to make a change. As I previously stated, it is a psychological and a linguistic shift. You can affect a linguistic change by referring to your job as a “sacred calling” rather than a “secular job.”

A Sacred Calling?

A psychological shift occurs when you start referring to your job as a “sacred calling,” a psychological shift occurs. It is more than just something you do to make a living or meet ends. You gain a sense of your life’s God-given purpose.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear and sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. (Ephesians 6:5-8) 

A Secular Job for the Believer?

There is no such thing as a secular job for a believer. Years ago, there was such The verse above sparked debate because it was interpreted to support the slave trade. We can, however, understand the nature of Paul’s culture at the time it was written. You must know that employment in the ancient world was primarily of the slave/master variety. In today’s context, we would read this verse as follows: “Employees, be obedient to your employers according to the flesh.”

The verse is about employees and their bosses. The Old English translation is trembling. Today’s jargon simply means treating your employees as you treat your superiors.

The verse said not to serve “with eyeservice, as men-pleasers.” The term “eyeservice” refers to only performing well when they expect it or when you know a review is coming. Instead, you must perform well even if no recognition or compensation is promised. Because at the end of the day, you work for Christ, not your boss, who can only evaluate your performance. God knows what you do in secret. Lastly, you work for the Boss.

Who’s Your Boss?

The Word of God says that when you work for an earthly boss, act as if you are doing God’s will. As if you were serving Christ, do it. You are expected to carry out your “secular” duties as if you were working for God. Everything you do for God is considered sacred.

The bus driver is probably scratching his head. What does God’s will have to do with me driving a bus? When and where did God’s plan board the bus? However, the passage instructs you to drive the bus as if you were driving it for God.

The secular world’s myth is that you must always do everything for God. Secularism is anything you do that is not for the Lord. But you must make everything about God, not men.

Back to the bus driver. It’s not about the passengers, nor the bus company. Moreover, it’s not about the bosses. In the end, it’s all about God. To please God, you serve the passengers, bus companies, and bosses like God. Human beings will not reward man. God will reward us all.

There is no secular job for a Christian because Christ’s redemption has fully paid for you. When we say ultimately, we mean in every way. You are now his. Work for God alone, not for men. If you don’t think like this, you disrespect God rather than your earthly boss.

“This is not secular work; this is a sacred calling,” you may think as you work. When you relabel something, you start thinking about it differently, and new creative energy flows into it.

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It’s Unnatural to Not Work

“Idle Hands”

It is completely unnatural to be unable to work for an extended period of time. It’s abominable. It’s ungodly, and there’s no excuse—even in the context of an economy that doesn’t create jobs. Get up and get to work. If necessary, volunteer. Make use of your free time. The concept of unemployment was so foreign to the disciples’ culture that a rumour spread that there were brethren in the church who were not working at all. Instead, they were agitators.

We must be freed from the spirit of the busybodies. The devil assigns work to idle hands. He places thoughts in the minds of those who are idle. He puts words in the mouths of those who are idle. If you don’t have a mission when you wake up in the morning, he’ll fill your mind with mischief.

How Long Have You Been Idle?

When you have too much time on your hands, it is not the Sabbath. The adversary can steal this time and use it to his advantage. Consider the gossipers you know. “Why do you have so much time to gossip about everyone else?” you ask.

It’s your harried self. Your mind is full of mischief because it is idle and devoid of mission. Is there anything else to think about? “I’m not done yet.” But you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good, and if any man does not obey our word by this epistle, take note of him and avoid company with him so that he may be ashamed.”

You go up to that brother and ask him, “How are you doing?” How are you, bro? So, what are you going to do?” He could say, “Nothing.” “Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother,” the Bible says.

“Brother, man, come here. Listen. It’s not right. You are made in God’s image and likeness. You have limitless creative potential within you. I know they aren’t going to give you a job, but you can create one. Do something, volunteer. Don’t be in bed at 9:00 a.m. when everyone else is up at 7:00 a.m. Brother, get up and go to work. Come on, clean up. “Repair yourself, brother.”

Don’t point fingers at the government. Don’t point fingers at the economy. I assure you that the government will not prevent you from working. They may not pay you for it, but remember that your career calling is about working for God and seeking God’s reward, not the government or the economy.

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Work is the Premise of the Sabbath

Sabbath is Sacred but Temporary

Let us balance this out. Sabbath is important. Sabbath is sacred to the Lord. However, Sabbath was not intended to be a permanent state. Some of us have been taking Sabbaths without going to work. This is not natural behavior. We were not designed this way.  

We have been so focused on the Sabbath as a religious event that we have failed to connect it with the rest of the six days. The Sabbath is a part of the week of the Lord. The week of the Lord is about the work He wants for us to do. You can have something that you are working on, in, or through for six days of your life.  

According to the ministry He has placed you in, you are supposed to be working for the Lord for six days. The ministry He has placed you in occurs in your workplace. The work you do six days a week justifies the Sabbaths in your life. 

What if God didn’t do any work on the first day through the sixth day and then said, “The seventh is a Sabbath.” However, other people try to work through the seventh. Entrepreneurs tend to work on things. Employees tend to work on things. Homemakers and people working in the domestic tend to be working through things. You get tired of just working monotonously at the same thing because you have failed to complete the Career Mandate by stopping to rest and review the work that you have done. 

Work is not what is causing you to experience fatigue. What you’re working on, what you’re working with, what you’re working through, and what you’re working in that’s frustrating you. If the environment changes, you would love creating because it is part of your innate nature.  

We need to feel productive.

Imagine this scenario. You take time off to go to the beach for a vacation. When you get there, you lay down on the first day to relax. After a while, you get a tan from the sun.

On the second day, you do the same thing again and get tanner. On the third day, you bring a book or your iPod with you thinking, “I’ve got to listen to something because I’m just lying here, and I’m browning off now.” 

Has anyone ever been in this situation before? “I’m browning off. Now, I can do something. So, I’m going to lie here, and then I’m going to get up, and I’m going to go for a dip, and then I’m going to come back. Let’s go down the road. Let’s go and see whatever else is there to do.” In this vacation, you feel the urge to do something. You cannot just lie around on the sand doing nothing.  

Work is the premise of the Sabbath, isn’t it?  Isn’t the Sabbath more meaningful because you did your work?  The Sabbath becomes a great time because you have made yourself productive all-week round. 

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The Favor Upon God’s Insider

The Favor Upon God’s Insider

The Insider works six days a week and is the most well-liked and accomplished group member. The fact that you are taking this stance allows your coworkers to investigate and learn more about what makes you so favored. This creates a window of opportunity for influence.

According to the principle God has laid out for you here, you are required to work on, in, or through things for six days. On the seventh day, you take the opportunity to rest, recover, and review your progress. Recuperation is an essential component of the work experience. People who don’t take time to rest become exhausted. The length of your sabbatical can range from one day to a week and even up to a month. There may even be a sabbatical year in your life, but the most important thing is to take time to step back and recharge your batteries.

We have constructed an entire religion around the seventh. When we look at it, we see it as a religious tradition, according to which you should not work on Saturday and Sunday. When, in reality, according to the Career Mandate, Sabbath is a necessary part of your job duties, you should take it. This is the part of your job where you take a step back and relax a little. Because rest is an integral part of one’s work, it can be considered a religious act and a work-related activity. The fact that you can rest indicates that you have faith in God enough to follow His commandment.

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Shabbat

“Shabbat”

“Shabbat”

You are required to have a career. “Shabbat” is the Hebrew word for the Sabbath. Where did the Sabbath start? It did not begin when the Lord passed down the Law to Moses. No, it started right there in Creation. When God chose to create the world the way He did, He was creating a model. In six days, He made everything, and on the seventh, He rested. Having said that, God already presented a model for our Career Mandates, wherein the Sabbath is a significant part of the process.  

The Sabbath is not a ritual. Moreover, it is not a traditional practice. The Sabbath is a spiritual law. Furthermore, it is a principle. Moreover, it is not how you religiously observe the Sabbath. It is why you do it. Why do we keep the Sabbath? 

Keeping the Sabbath is Our Obedience to God

We keep the Sabbath to obey God. We support the Sabbath holy to show Him that we work because of Him and for Him. Moreover, we keep the Sabbath holy to create an opening for people to see that God gives us the grace to get things done even when we do not work seven days a week. God gives us the grace to be productive in the six days allotted for work.  

People cannot accomplish all the tasks they can do in seven days. How can you, who only works six days a week, be able to do it excellently? Your officemate will wonder, “I’m here 24/7, working until my back breaks, but you only work 5-6 days a week, but you are the one who gets promoted! How does that make sense?”  

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Your Commitment To Your Mandate

Your Commitment To Your Mandate

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” 

Maya Angelou 

Power Truth 

“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places. 

Leviticus 23:3 

Have you ever heard of people saying, “You know what, I’m waiting, Bishop. When I find out what my ministry is, that’s when I’m going to give it 100%”. You will find your ultimate ministry in life as you serve, not as you wait. As you serve the church, as you serve your workplace, as you serve your family, you will see what you are good at. You will recognize your gifts and your passion. You won’t see it, sitting on the couch all day, waiting for the Lord to reveal it to you. 

Personal Application 

  1. What is keeping you from worshipping God with your work? 
  2. How can you make your work your worship? 
  3. Have you discovered your faithful ministry in life? If so, what is it? 

Mandate: 

Points to Ponder on 

  • Each one of us has a career mandate.  
  • God assigned Adam his “Career Mandate,” Adam worshiped God through his obedience. 
  • It is unnatural to have no work.  
  • The job of pastors is only to equip every believer to conquer the field or industry they are assigned to be Insiders in.  
  • Ministry is service. Your work is your service.  

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Your Work is Your Battlefield

Your Purpose and Your Battlefield

Your workplace is your battlefield. God said, “Sir, you’re going to find your purpose, your career calling. Then you’re going to find Eve.” In most cultures, this is normal. Unfortunately, we live in a twisted culture in the United States that accepts unemployment as a norm. No father would have ever given his daughter to a man that did not have a career calling. In most cultures, this would not happen. But it’s happening to most of us in our twisted rendition of the American culture.  

If you think about it, low self-esteem and high levels of desperation push people into unnatural and unspiritual relationships. This false mindset is what the enemy is doing in our culture. Mighty men of God, no woman is going to despise you for not being able to get a job. But she is going to hate you for still being in bed when she’s gone out.  

Paul supports this Career Mandate. Paul tells us, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8). How can you provide for your household? You provide by having a job. If you don’t have a job, your full-time job is finding a job. Get up and find a job.  

Where is your battlefield? 

If there is a Career Mandate, this means that our Commander, Jesus Christ, has already revealed to you where your battlefield is. The work you have is where you conduct your wrestling match. Your workplace is your battlefield. 

God goes to work with His people every single day. If you work in a school, God goes with you there. Let’s say you work in a mall. God goes with you there. What if you work in a law firm? God goes with you there. If you work for the government, God goes with you there. Wherever you are working, God is there because you are there. 

Many of us want to go into full-time ministry with the church because our career calling is not equivalent to full-time ministry. Because of this theology of separation that we are used to, we see our work to be unrelated to ministry work for God.  

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Order of Creation : Calling Then Family

Calling and Family

God placed man’s career calling ahead of his wife and his family in the order of creation. Do not get me wrong. We are not trying to create a conflict between home and work life.  

If you are a single woman reading this, I am saying that God wants you to marry someone who has already discovered his destiny and purpose. I’m saying that the worst thing you could do is to marry someone who has no career calling with their life because that’s an unnatural state. Ladies, you are supposed to be with someone who already has a relationship with God and, secondly, someone who has already received his calling from the Lord. Gentlemen, before you go out seeking for your mates, seek God first and seek the calling you have in Him.  

It is unnatural to have no work. We find ourselves in this mess in society when we’re marrying people with unemployed, idle minds. We find ourselves in a mess when we settle for marrying people with no vision and purpose. Ladies, it is unnatural for men to live off you.  

God said, “It’s not going to happen. Adam, you are going to be working when Eve meets you. When Eve lays eyes on you for the first time, you will be working.” This picture was what God intended for relationships between husbands and wives. Please, do not use up the excuse that times are hard and you could not get a job. Suppose you cannot get a job or volunteer. Do not sit around and be idle, asking when God will show you your wife.  

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Blessed to Have Work

When God made Adam, the first thing he does is work. During this time, the world was perfect because sin had not entered the world yet. The perfection that Adam and Eve had experienced was not reflected in the absence of work. There was work.  

Work was not the punishment. Hard labor was the punishment. The question is, what are you experiencing right now? Are you placing yourself in the position of fulfilling your career mandate or in the position of the curse of sin? 

Adam’s Job Was a Blessing

Adam had a job. He had a business. First, God told him to keep the garden. In fac hobby that God gave Adam to help him pass the time until game consoles are created. Have you ever tried to keep a garden or even just a single plant? You know it’s a job, especially when the garden is the size of a country.  

The second job Adam was given was to name all the animals. This is intended to be a mental exercise. Moreover, the task also requires a mental database. Similarly, God intended for Adam to exercise his creativity to name things, put them into categories, and label everything.  

If you think Adam had it easy, Scripture reveals to us how he had a lot of work to do. Nor does he wake up in the morning thinking, “Oh, what to do today?” Adam wakes up in the morning with a purpose.  His first thought of the day would be: “Got to get on with my work. Got to do like my daddy does. We’re going to rest on the seventh day, but I got work to do.”  

The purpose of Adam’s existence was to worship God. How did he do it? By working. Moreover, this is true that work is even the basis of his marital relationship. If you read on, we see that it is stated, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him help, meet for him (Genesis 2:18).” The whole idea here was to help.  

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God moves at a speed

God Moves at a Speed We Can Keep Up With

God is moving through these stages, working as though He is not the omnipotent God that He is. God is all-powerful. He doesn’t have to do it this way, but He is doing it stage by stage to show us how He materialized His idea. When He’s finished making it all, He rests on the seventh.  

Then the same chapter says, “And God made man in His image, after His likeness.” What is man? The Creator creates a creator.  

You are a creator

You are fundamentally, innately designed to make things happen. Having said that, creativity and industry are a part of your nature because you have this image and likeness of God. That’s what sets humanity apart from animal kind.  

Think about this. Humans write books for other humans to read. But humans are not satisfied with reading paperback and hardbound books. Moreover, we find a way to make it more convenient to carry around books. Then we found a way to make a Kindle or the iPad wherein we can bring dozens of books with just one tablet gadget. Once we’ve finished conquering the kindle mountain, don’t be surprised if we have plug-ins, from plug-ins to matrix to sticks at the back of your brains, so the book is just in your psyche. They’re working on it. Human beings have ideas, and we work on them. If we can’t make it physically, we’ll make a film about it and make it look like it’s real.  

It’s what we do as humans. In fact, it’s what we were made to do. Not working on, in, or through something is an unnatural human state. You are never designed to be idle.  

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