Reaching Your WorkplaceBy Dan Vis
June 11, 2017
Have you ever thought about giving your work place to God? Today's post, was first published by B. Parks, on January 4, 2017 at www.gotential.org, a great resource for those interested in doing "tentmaking" ministry. Adapted, used by permission.
I was teaching English to the head professor of the anatomy and physiology department at a large university in Turkey. One day, wiggling my fingers on the table in front of her, I pondered aloud, "Our hands are a magnificent creation aren’t they?" She smiled and said, "Yes, our human systems are the evidence of God." A calm moment of agreement settled in, and then I asked her, "have you read the story of Creation in the Bible?” A new energy flashed through her eyes as she leaned forward eagerly and said, “I have always heard of that book, what does it say?"
This educated woman had "heard" there is such a thing as a Bible but had NEVER seen nor read one. I told her the creation account and then asked her if she would like a Bible of her own. She was delighted. As it turned out, it was the beginning of the end of a major problem she had.
The scripture asks these two poignant questions, "How can someone believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how can they hear without a messenger?" (Romans 10:14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?). The same scripture answers it’s own questions with this absolute statement: "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God., paraphrased).
I pause here to ask you two poignant question: 1) Would you like to see one of your work associates find faith in Jesus in this year? 2) Would you be willing to be the messenger communicating God’s Word for your work associate IF God were to appoint you?
The Word of God is unusual in that it is the solution to so many problems . . . the very kinds of problems that cripple those you work with: Family problems, esteem problems, will-power problems, selfishness problems, debt problems, depression problems, worry problems, fear problems. The word of God solves the very kind of problems that the people around you have. Jesus leaps from the promises and verses to muscle His winning influence into the lives of people who hear them.
Here are three things you can do to help bring the solution God offers to the people around you in your work place.
1) Dedicate both your work and your workplace to God.
A simple prayer: "God in heaven, my work, my vocation, my company is yours to use as a medium for your Majesty's service. I dedicate my time and effort to you."
2) Pray by name, privately, for the people you work with.
A simple prayer: "Father God, I ask that this year you speak with . As their friend I pray the power of the cross would come alive to them."
3) Receive God's ordination as the "chaplain" of your workplace.
A simple prayer: "God, you have told me through the Bible that all believers are priests in your kingdom, so I step into that role at my workplace. I accept your ordination to be a chaplain, to pray for, listen, counsel, and help those I work with. I am ready - you lead the way."
CommentsWhat about you? Have you ever given your workplace to God? Have you ever thought of yourself as a chaplain to the people you work with? What might happen if every believer prayed these three prayers?
|Posted by Liza W on 08/04/17|
|Challenging because I want to leave my job!..Still something I'm thinking about, how to be a witness even though I've lost the joy of my job..|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 06/15/17|
|Sounds like the Lord really opened that door for you Marion. So glad you were willing to be used by God to move forward and share a bit. The Lord gives opportunities. It's up to us to make the most of them...|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 06/14/17|
|Great to hear your willingness to serve the Lord in your family, Jackie. I'm sure the Lord will bless...|
|Posted by Jacqueline on 06/12/17|
|I am ready and willing to be used as a chaplain and the priest of my home. Please prepare my sons heart. Joshua the word is quick, and powerful, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow, and is a diserner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.. Let us come to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace, that help in every time of need. Hebrews 4:12,16For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. . . . Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Joshua 1:8-98 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. KJV
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. 
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. I know you shall supply our every need. If we are to move to Vancouver you will shut the doors that need to be shut and open wide the doors that no one can shut.
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  please help strengthen me to be used by the Holy Spirit in a mighty way. I dedicate every vocation my house and my life to use as you wish. I. Jesus name.Amen
|Posted by Carole Bliss on 06/12/17|
|Dan, I forgot to check off I read todays' lesson. Having trouble finding
the page to check it off.
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