Joseph’s Journey to the Palace

Each experience, good or bad, will contribute to your “palace experience” in the future. 

The first 11 chapters of Genesis already cover 2000 years. But God covered the life of Joseph in 13 chapters in the Bible. This coverage highlights how important Joseph’s life was. 

Joseph experienced a lot of struggles. It seemed like this guy could never get a break. How many of you have felt like this in your job? However, like Joseph, you need to remember that God is up to something when you are down to nothing.  

God has ordained every event in your life. Each experience, good or bad, will contribute to your “palace experience” in the future. Let us see proof of this. It was heartbreaking for Joseph to be thrown into a pit and sold as an enslaved person by his brothers. It was devastating to be accused of making a pass at the boss’ wife and thrown into prison for something you were not guilty of. However, these “setbacks” set Joseph on his path to the palace.  

Do not let the “pit” you are in right now predict your future.  

You may find yourself in some twists and turns that are just painful, confusing, and frustrating. However, if you look at God, He is not enjoying your pain, He is not scratching His head in confusion, and He is not nervous about the turn of events you are facing. God is in control. He is taking you to your “palace experience.”  

For in him, God created all things: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him, all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead so that he might have the supremacy in everything. (Colossians 1:16-18) 

The Lows are Not Permanent

Joseph was thrown into the pit by his brothers. However, the hole was not his final destination, and nor is it yours. Does the pit seem like God’s promise for your life? If the Bible says that God’s will for you is good, pleasing, and perfect (Romans 12:2), then the pit is not His will for your life. Do not let the “pit” you are in right now predict your future.  

Do not focus on the circumstance. Understand the pattern of your life to understand the principle that you must live by and the promise you are living into. Getting stuck in hardship will leave you stuck where you are.  

Do not consider the “pit” you are in as an offense from God. People often get offended by God because they are not getting where they think they should be in their workplace. God stripped Joseph of everything He had. Joseph must be wondering why those things were happening to him. However, harboring bitterness and offense can open the door for the enemy. As an Insider, this is the last thing you want to happen to you.  

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You Were Destined for Something

As an Insider of God, you need to understand that these hardships are intended to train you and equip you for the mission you have. 

There are times wherein we may go through the path of trials and tribulations to be shaped, refined, and prepared to enter into the destiny God is preparing for us. If we take a look into the pattern of the lives of Joseph, Moses, and Daniel, we see that they have undergone significant challenges. However, God was preparing them and their character for the work He was to do through them.  

God is leading us through a process of shaking and discipline. It can be painful at times. However, we know that God has a more excellent plan, even for these hardships. God sees the bigger picture. Going through the challenges is part of the process we need to undergo to experience our promotion.  

Be Patient

Often, we are too focused on the promotion that we do not want to experience the process. The thing about God’s promotion is that when He promotes you, He will be the One who will protect your position. No matter what anyone thinks, God will secure this position for you.  

God has a plan for your life. It is a specific plan. Do you want to be an Insider for God?  The choice for this quality of promotion is up to you.  Your obedience to what God is doing in and through us determines if we are encouraged or not. How do you see the struggles you have at work?  

God is saying: “I promoted you before you were born!” 

Do you see these struggles to prepare you for God’s promotion? Do you see these struggles to be limitations? As an Insider of God, you need to understand that these hardships are intended to train you and equip you for the mission you have. This particular struggle or challenge you have may be what God uses to take you where you are right now, to where He wants you to be. He knows the outcome of your life before you have even begun. The Bible said, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:4-5).” What was God saying? God is saying: “I promoted you before you were born!” 

God has plans for you

Even before you were born, God had already planned out your life. He already knew where He would send you and how He would use you to advance His kingdom. Before you were even born, God knew when, how, and where He would promote you.  

If you think about the pattern in the Bible, Abraham, Joseph, David, Job, Daniel, and even Jesus underwent painful tests and trials. However, we see the principle of preparation and pruning in these tests. God has been preparing these individuals to be promoted. Their promotion came in painful processes. However, as we pass the test, we will enjoy the fruits of our promotion.  

Another reason why promotion may not be coming your way is that you have not passed these two tests yet.  If you study the Bible’s patterns, there are usually two tests before a promotion. The first one includes the test of humility. King Solomon said, “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor” Proverbs 15:33). The next test is the one of faithfulness. Jesus said, “It is the faithful and the wise servant who is made ruler over the house” (Matthew 24:45). And in another account, Jesus said, “If you are faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things” (Matthew 25:21). 

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God promotes

The promotion comes from God. 

How many of you are waiting, or maybe, tired and waiting for your promotion to come? Perhaps this promotion is not yet there because you are looking at the wrong source for it. Your earthly boss may seem like the one who will evaluate your performance. He may seem like the one you will want to promote. 

God will be the One to create the vacancy for you to occupy.  

 Ultimately, promotion comes from God. Psalm 75:6-7 says, “For promotion cometh neither from the east, west, or south. God judges: He brings one down, He exalts another.”  On the other hand, your boss can overlook you all he wants, but when God says it is time for your promotion, it will be time for your promotion. God will be the One to create the vacancy for you to occupy.  

The Bible says God is the Judge. Likewise, God is the One who decides who will be promoted and who will be overlooked. Why don’t you look to the Lord to understand when you are promoted, how you are promoted, and where you are promoted? Do you believe God is the sole source of the promotion? Looking to men for advancement will be futile.

It can be too easy to sulk about how your boss has promoted people who had less tenure than you.

Change your perspective

Meanwhile, you think to yourself, “This is such a dead-end job! What is the use of giving it my best?” As an Insider, you need to change your perspective.  

Rather than resenting your position, look at it and think about why God has not promoted you yet. As an Insider, what is your purpose in this particular position?  

Moreover, aside from looking to the wrong source for promotion, it’s possible that you haven’t been promoted yet because you haven’t completed your mission in that position entirely. What does God want you to accomplish in this position?

Promotion may come in many areas of life. It may come from the ministry. Perhaps, you experience promotion through marriage. Furthermore, it may even manifest itself in the form of favor in personal and professional relationships. At the core of the issue is that whatever happens, we must recognize how promotion comes from God alone.  

God desires for you to be promoted

Therefore, God desires for you to be promoted. In the same vein, He desires you to walk in the pathway of the promotions He has prepared for you. He has a purpose and a destiny for your lives, and He wants us to enter it. 

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Ministry is Beyond “Church Work”

MaybeSaints do the work of the ministry. What we call the “ministry” is a tool for equipping saints for the work of the ministry.  Do not limit your perspective of what “ministry” is all about. When a pastor preaches on Sunday, that is ministry. When you encourage an officemate who is suffering from depression, that is also a ministry. 

Ministry is not limited to Sunday tasks in the church.  In fact, our ministry, as Bishops, is actually for equipping and furnishing you for the ministry. The work of the ministry is what saints do. If you are a believer of Jesus, then you are a saint.   

Our role as pastors will be pointless if we don’t have a ministry. 

In the past, we thought the work of the ministry again was ecclesiastical functions. There are ecclesiastical functions, including the pastor’s job to preach, lead, and counsel. Our work may be to pastor the church. This is our ministry. This ministry is for you. However, without your ministry, I’m pointless. Our role as pastors will be meaningless if you don’t have a ministry. What is the point of equipping the Body of Christ if the Body of Christ would not move to ministry to their sphere of influence? Our role as your pastor is to prepare you to be Insiders.  

Your ministry transcends what you do in a church. It goes beyond what you do to serve God on Sundays.  Your ministry is your career.  

Now imagine this scenario, you’ve gotten into the system, and you’re making money. Maybe, you’re doing so well. However, you have forgotten why you came to the kingdom. Finally, Mordecai had to remind Queen Esther why she was in the palace in the first place. 

If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? (Esther 14:14). 

When you are connected with other saints, you can be reminded through a prophetic voice that can still rebuke you even when you aren’t successful. You are so far behind enemy lines if no one can rebuke you. You have moved from secret agent to double agent. Esther was in too deep her uncle, who understood the prophetic purpose of her profession, kept her in check. Mordecai kept Esther close so he could warn her, counsel her, and guide her. You never lose your connection with your prophetic voice.  

Ask God to give you a sense of what God requires from you in that profession. 

You never lose your connection with a spiritual leader. Esther was paid to be the wife of a pagan king, but she was made to intercept the enemy’s plan.  

What’s your real job? What is your covenant with God?  Your real job may be to intercept, it may be to inspire, and it may be to influence. You got to understand that I’m paid to do this, but my real job is to inspire, influence, or intercept this, according to God’s purposes. Ask God to give you a sense of what God requires from you in that profession. You have to be faithful to your covenant with God regarding your calling.  

Personal Application 

  1. Have you committed yourself to God regarding your calling?  
  1. How are you honoring your covenant calling? 
  1. What do you think is the purpose God has for your position in your current job? 

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Biblical Purpose

Biblical Purpose of Work

Biblical Purpose of Work:

As servants of Christ, we are called to offer God our professional time. To truly understand how to provide your work-time to God, you need to understand the biblical purpose of your work. The intrinsic purposes for work include working to give, working to grow, and working to guide.  

We talked about significance versus success in an earlier chapter. When you see your work as sacred, the goal shifts from finding importance rather than purpose. In finding meaning, you work to give. What can you give of yourself to your workplace? How can you add value to the life of the people around you? 

Joseph was placed in the palace to give advice. His wisdom saves Egypt from the famine. The best jobs allow you to provide the best of you. The best jobs will enable you to express yourself. You experience job satisfaction. 

Wherever you are, you must seek to give value to the industry you are in. When you are giving an expression of your highest, most creative, and intelligent faculties, then you are contributing to your workplace. No matter your position in your office, if you are giving your best, you are offering something valuable—something that God will find pleasure in. Your offering is a heart issue, more than a position issue.  

Growth and Giving

Some jobs are about your growth and not only about giving.  How many of you reading this hate your job right now? It will be difficult to hate your job once you have made your shift from sacred to secular, wouldn’t it? However, how many of you hated your job before you made that shift? 

Before God sent Moses to rescue Israel from slavery, Egyptians enslaved them. For four hundred years, they were very bitter. What was the picture? The children of Israel were crying from the bitterness of their work. When Moses came to deliver God’s message, the Pharaoh made it worse. He must have said, “Now you’re going to make bricks without straw, just because someone is around you talking about freedom.  Now I’m going to show you who’s in charge. You’re going to make bricks without straw.”  

Although not literally, the picture of the Israelite suffering can be related to how we suffered in our jobs. It was mental and physical exhaustion. Most people feel like they are trapped in this secular job. It felt as if we were limited and insignificant. 

But here’s what God said to them.  “When you come out, you will come out with great riches.  I will bring you out with great riches.”  And I know what most of us think that means.  We think it means it’s because they borrowed jewels from their Egyptian neighbors, and they took the jewels into the wilderness. If that’s how we are interpreting this Scripture, then we have missed the point.  The riches they came out with were the knowledge and the skillset for building an empire of their own.    

Building Skills

You see, what the Pharaoh did not realize is that he had inadvertently taught the art of mason building because they built his treasure cities. So while the Israelites were working at a job, they hated, they were learning a skill set that they could take into a job they would love.  So when you are in a toxic working environment that you’re hating, it’s not about, “God, get me out of here!” Instead, it is about “God, what can I learn here because I’m growing in this environment.” 

When you look at this job, you cannot help but hate and think about God’s purpose. What is the Boss’ purpose? Why am I here? Think about this: “I’m not going to be here the rest of my life. I am here for the learning, not the earning, but the transferrable skills.” 

What came out of Egypt was not a set of enslaved people but a skilled workforce, a task force who had been trained indirectly in the art of mason building.  The issue is that you can take the skills sets from this job into another career venture.  Sometimes, the purpose of the work is just for growth.   

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Biblical Purpose of Work

Redemption of the Work Life

When you look at your work, you should think: “It’s not my secular work. It’s a sacred calling.” When we realize this and take this to the core of our being, we redeem our time. If, in the past, we considered our work secular and somehow we have been deceived that it is not under God, making a shift in our perspective redeems our work life. Making a shift creates an opening wherein our work life is redeemed.  

When you redeem your time, you re-label your time. 

The word “redeem” means to purchase or to buyback. “Redeem” comes from two English words. “Re” means “do again” while “Deem” means to label.” For example, if you deem something worthy, you label something according to its worth. When you consider an object, you frame it. When you see consider something, you put a name on it. You give it a new identity. Thus, when you redeem your time, you re-label your time.  

How much time are you re-labeling to be “sacred”? We are talking about a whole third of your life. How many hours have you been driving the bus? Have you been pushing paperwork for hours? Perhaps, you’re a teacher and spend a good four to six hours teaching students. As a chef, how long do you spend each day in the kitchen? Work usually averages eight hours a week, five days a week. This is about 160 hours each month that you are re-labeling.    

What would the Devil want you to do with these 160 hours? To call these 160 hours a month a drag will be to call a significant period of your life to be a drag.  When you redeem your time, you dedicate it as ministry time. You begin to see how you are a minister in the marketplace for 40 hours a week or 160 hours in a month. 

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Your Covenant is Your Calling

“Every day is important for us because it is a day ordained by God. If we are bored with life there is something wrong with our concept of God and His involvement in our daily lives. Even the most dull and tedious days of our lives are ordained by God and ought to be used by us to glorify Him.” 

Jerry Bridges

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Proverbs 12:11

A Covenant with God 

The faithful career covenant begins when you regard your job as sacred rather than secular. Our covenant with God is to complete our Career Mandate. A covenant is not the same as a contract. People usually establish contracts between two parties to release the other party from obligation if the other party violates the agreed-upon terms. When it comes to a covenant, however, both parties are expected to continue with their roles, regardless of whether the other person follows through or not. When it comes to a covenant with God, He is a perfect and faithful God. We are frequently the only ones who fail to do our part. Nonetheless, we can be confident because God is eternally faithful.

God designed you precisely the way you are for His purposes. 

Once you’ve bridged the sacred-secular divide, you’ll realize that a covenant is an agreement with God regarding using your time and gifts, even while you’re at work. You will also reach a deal with God regarding using your compensations, including your monetary rewards. When you make Jesus the Lord of your life, you give Him control over every aspect of your life, including how you manage your finances and set your desires, dreams, and goals.

God has a grand design for your life. It will be beyond anything you could ever hope for or imagine. God has already given you hints as to what this fantastic plan entails. Just consider your talents, interests, and desires to get a sense of where God wants you to be. God created you exactly as you are for His purposes. “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose,” Paul said (Romans 8:28).

He has placed you exactly where you are. God can use you mightily for His purposes if you are willing and available. If you commit your success to further God’s plan, you have entered into a career covenant with Him. With a covenant with God, you can fully expect to see His divine power flowing through your profession and His supernatural assistance flowing to bring you your dreams. Are you looking forward to it?

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Your Work is Your Worship

Your job is a way for you to show your love for God. You have been influenced by the way people used to worship. From the Davidic tradition, we get our idea of what worship is. She was singing a song of praise to the Lord. In the past, work was the main way to show your faith. King David used the expression “celebration” when he was worshipping God. Clap your hands, shout, praise him with high cymbals, and dance to show how much you love him. Music is just one way to show your faith.

If you think about this, Abraham didn’t do that, and he didn’t know anything about that. He never told his family, “Come together and raise your hands right now,” so we don’t know what he said.

Not at all. Abraham didn’t do any of that at all. In your Bible, there is a progression of ways to show how much you love God. People worshipped the patriarchs by giving gifts to their families’ altars. Moses set up a system for worship called the Levitical system, which focused on sacrifices instead of celebrations as a way to show God how much they cared. David made a sacrifice and added the element of celebration to his life, which made it even better. In the new covenant, we worship David because we see the tabernacle of David being built at this time, so we do so.

Once you’re doing it for God, it’s an act of worship and therefore it’s no longer secular. 

The worship style we have adapted is very celebratory.  However, the word “worship” doesn’t mean lift your hands and sing.  The word “worship” comes from an old English word, weorthscipe. The original act of worship occurs when you give something to God as an expression of gratitude and you give it to him as a reflection of His worth to you. Abel gave an offering and it was acceptable. Cain gave one and it wasn’t, because it was a statement of his worth.  It’s a gift.  

Your offering is your worship. An offering does not necessarily mean you only give in monetary value. If you give God a piece of your time, it is considered as an offering. When everything you do in your work is your offering to the Lord, then this is your worship. Then, your work becomes sacred. Once you’re doing it for God, it’s an act of worship and therefore it’s no longer secular. 

It is up to you whether you turn something into a secular or a spiritual act 

It is up to you whether you turn something into a secular or a spiritual act. You can worship from nine to five with your job every day. When Abraham said, “I’m going to worship,” when he went up Mount Moriah, he did not mean he was going to sing songs of praise on top of the mountain. He was going to sacrifice his son. He meant he was going to take the best of what he had and give it up to God, as an expression of His worth to him.  

What is the best part of who you are? There is a lot. This includes your time, your talents, and your treasure. What can you offer God? It does not have to be directly related to church ministry, but as long as you do it for God, it is an act of worship. It is sacred.  

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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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