How To Be a Christian In the Workplace

Written by Richard Joseph Krejcir

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Q: Have you consideredrepparttar eternal results of a healthy work attitude, even inrepparttar 127006 face of strife and chaos?

God's Call Forrepparttar 127007 Workplace As a worker, or an employer, God has a lot to say to us regarding our virtue at work.

We are called to work with respect and honor to God and others: Genesis 2: 15; 3: 15; Proverbs 6:6-8; 10:4,5,26; 12:9; 13:4; 14:23; 18:9; 22:29; 31:11-31; Ecclesiastes 3:22; 5:12; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5: 8!

We are called to work with integrity: Proverbs 10:2; 15:27; Jeremiah 22: 13; Ephesians 4:28!

We are warned about laziness: Exodus 20:9-11; 23:12; 34:21; Proverbs 16:27; 18:9; 19: 15; 22:13; 24:30-34; 1 Thessalonians 4: 11,12; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-15!

We are called to honor just remuneration: Proverbs 3:27,28; 27:18; Luke 10:7; 1 Timothy 5: 18; James 5:1-5!

Here are some thoughts for your consideration. Remember what God calls us to do:

·Our work is not to define us! Even though this may berepparttar 127008 first question we ask someone new to us, or is asked of us, our work is what we do, not who we are! Work is not our identity or our worth!

·Our worth as a Christian is who we are in Christ!

·Work, in society, is center stage for our social classification andrepparttar 127009 search for identity, and can even be an addiction to fulfill our deeper needs!

·Our worth as a Christian is who we are in Christ!

·Ecclesiastes 2:4; 4:7-8 asks, What benefit do we gain? This passage gives usrepparttar 127010 impression that our toil and work are merely temporary. We may find work necessary in order to live, but it is not permanent or eternal.

·It is not what we do that matters, but how we are!

·Colossians 3:22-25. Our work may not define us, but it will either mature or devalue us. How we respond and model character will berepparttar 127011 eternal value—our true selves. Work can even be a means through which to worship our Lord!

·People will see Christ through us inrepparttar 127012 workplace--either as a God to come to, or, one from whom to be repelled. How do people at work see Christ through you?

The Dangers and Concerns Inrepparttar 127013 Workplace.

How do you handle Anger? Anger is one ofrepparttar 127014 biggest enemies forrepparttar 127015 employee as well asrepparttar 127016 employer! We are to be known by our love; yet, it is anger that most often communicates who we are. Thus, we must beware of its vicious and destructive ways!

·Our inner feelings of inadequacy can berepparttar 127017 fuel torepparttar 127018 negative reaction to anger from a boss or coworker. Thus, we have to see ourselves as God sees us, redeemed, and as His child. Then we can have a healthier self-image that gives us confidence but does not allow pride.

·Do not try to just ignore your anger. Walking away from, or stoppingrepparttar 127019 anger, will not solverepparttar 127020 problem, and often, even prolongs it. Put an end torepparttar 127021 anger by seeking to solverepparttar 127022 root ofrepparttar 127023 conflict. Letrepparttar 127024 anger give yourepparttar 127025 fuel to react quickly and confidently, but do not let it control you!

·Gossiping, name-calling, and/or trying to get even will only escalaterepparttar 127026 problem and give others a very wrong impression of our Lord! Remember, our essential self worth is not our job; it is who we are in Him!

·Do not take anger personally! View your work as a service to Christ, not a personal, esteem-building venture!

·Do not be defensive. Rather, let integrity be your guide. Virtue will build actions, even if you are under attack by an angry employer or fellow-employee. Show Christ-like character, and, inrepparttar 127027 long run, you will win out. If not, shakerepparttar 127028 dust off your feet and move on, because in God's eyes, you arerepparttar 127029 winner!

·Ifrepparttar 127030 employer or fellow-employee is angry, do not let it influence you! Do not acknowledgerepparttar 127031 anger, and refuse to acceptrepparttar 127032 tone, because that gives it more fuel and you will lose control.

·Separaterepparttar 127033 emotion ofrepparttar 127034 anger fromrepparttar 127035 words and content of what a person is saying. Do not respond to their anger with your own! Let them vent, then get torepparttar 127036 root ofrepparttar 127037 problem. Listen, and ask, How do you want me to resolve this? Find a solution, especially if it is your fault. And, if that berepparttar 127038 case, take responsibility; do not blame others; deal and act!

·Restaterepparttar 127039 content of their complaint in your own words withoutrepparttar 127040 emotion. Use phrases such as, I didn't know you disagreed with that policy. Or, I'm glad to know how you feel. Let us find a solution about that.

·Letrepparttar 127041 person know you are glad they came to you (even if they acted inappropriately, because, we all do so at some point). When you are positive and looking to help them, you will be able to defuserepparttar 127042 anger faster than anything else you could do. Also, be in prayer, asking God to give yourepparttar 127043 strength andrepparttar 127044 appropriate words. Remember, He is there too!

·Remember Christ-like attitude, andrepparttar 127045 "Fruits ofrepparttar 127046 Spirit," as well as sensibleness, self-control, and cooperation. (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Peter 1:4) Seek to emulate His character and you will excel.

Q: Do a word study on excellence by looking it up in a concordance, and see what you find. Notice how these principles affected not onlyrepparttar 127047 people inrepparttar 127048 Bible, but also how they could affect you. Then take those precepts and attitudes and ask yourself, How can I apply them in my workplace?

We will continue with "How To Deal With Co-workers" in Part II

Richard J. Krejcir Into Thy Word © 2003

Richard Joseph Krejcir is the Director of ‘Into Thy Word Ministries, 'a discipling ministry . He is the author of the book, Into Thy Word and is also a pastor, teacher, speaker and a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California. He has amounted over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, mostly in youth ministry, including serving as a church growth consultant.

On The Road To Damascus

Written by Angelique Watkins

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MIRACLES, Miracles In The Upper Regions, & In The Atmosphere, MIRACULOUS LIGHT

Acts 26:14 - 15

verse 14: And when we were all fallen torepparttar earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying inrepparttar 127005 Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick againstrepparttar 127006 pricks.

verse 15: And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

MIRACLES, "Phenomena(rare fact or event)" "VOICES"

Acts 26:16-18

verse 16: But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things inrepparttar 127007 which I will appear unto thee;

verse 17: Delivering thee fromrepparttar 127008 people, and fromrepparttar 127009 Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,

verse 18: To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and fromrepparttar 127010 power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

OTHER NATIONS - Coversion of The Gentiles - His Commission

Acts 22:15: For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

Acts 22:21: And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence untorepparttar 127011 Gentiles.

OTHER NATIONS - Conversion of The Gentiles - His Commission - Paul's Commission

Acts 23:11: Andrepparttar 127012 night followingrepparttar 127013 Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testifed of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.


Scripture reference: Crusade @ Bible Publishers, Inc. 1970, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, USA, 37122

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