Discussing ministry in the workplace – “Whatever your passion is, that’s your vision”

Archives for April, 2008

Ps Rob from Bayside Church gave an excellent sermon last week. He’s been doing a series titled “Church Without Walls” and educating the congregation about the value of our going out into community and the workplace and being a light to the world on a daily basis. That being a Christian does not stop inside the church walls but extends far beyond that.

Last week it was session 12 with an emphasis on ‘work’. He shared how God has given us gifts which help demonstrate our creative abilities in many ways – and that we should be using those gifts on a regular basis. That these gifts can be employed in all of our lives including through the workplace.

Ps Rob prompted us to consider that every gift is a spiritual gift, that every gift is vital, that every gift is unique because it’s filtered through our own personalities and what makes us, us and he asked us to think about what were we made for?

I know that answer for me and I also know it took me over 30 years to find that answer. I have a daughter who is very blessed at the age of 23 to know that answer and she has known it for a long time. But do you know the answer for you?

Ps Rob then explained the difference between a job and a vocation.

Job = what you get paid to do

Vocation = what you are here to achieve. It’s where your gifts meet the world and it’s your calling in life.

Now, for some, job and vocation are exactly the same thing – I know it is for me. But what about you? Are you working a job you don’t enjoy and you’re just doing it for the money? Or is it something you were called to do?

If we are made in God’s image (and we know that is the case) then we are called to work and were indeed made for work. There are heaps of instructions in the bible that tell us to work with diligence, to work for our boss like we are working for the Lord, that hard work is commanded (Eccl 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might”), that hard work is satisfying and that there is a balance between working too hard and not working enough.

Ps Rob finished up with information about the ant and the sloth and seemed to delight in saying the word ‘sluggard’ often to drive the point home. Prov 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!

A little saying for you which I thought excellent:

Vocation without vacation leads to vexation!

Let me ask you another question, before you answer the first one.

Are you a fulltime Christian?

If the answer to the second question is a resounding ‘yes’ then the answer to the first question should be the same.

And yet many people equate only those who work within church walls as being in fulltime ministry. This could not be further from the truth.

The senior pastor at my church has been preaching a series on ‘church without walls’ for a few months now. He has been teaching the congregation how important it is to take with us, as we leave the church building, what we’ve been learning and experiencing and sharing that wherever we go. We have been likened to a great big salt shaker, where God has sprinkled the shaker and each drop of salt has fallen in different places to add flavour to those we mix and mingle with.

Interesting picture that creates. It means that wherever we go on a daily basis, we are responsible for adding flavour to the lives of those around us. Can you truly say you add ‘good flavour’ or are you someone who leaves a bad taste in the mouths of those you have just parted company with?

Mothers Day is just weeks away, did you know that?

Last year I published a book based on the Proverbs 31:10 verse “She is Worth More Than Rubies” and it spoke of the value of a wife and mother in the home.

With the demands we have in life, jobs, interests, needs, etc it is sometimes very hard to focus on our near and dear, those who really have need of us.

Nearly 15 years ago I went through a real struggle, coping with a corporate job and managing a household which consisted of a husband and 5 young daughters. I thought I was going to go crazy and I probably did, because a decision I made back then probably would not have come to fruition if it weren’t for some things that took place in my life to encourage me.  I probably would have continued on oblivious to the changes I could make in my life.

Have you noticed that when you are desperate and leaning towards a particular thought, that other things around you seem to congregate together to reinforce and confirm that thing?

This has been known as a number of things – I like to think of it as the RAS or the reticular activation system – what you think about you are drawn towards. Today many talk of The Secret or the Law of Attraction – it’s the same thing. But this is also a biblical principal as I mentioned in my earlier post at “The Law of Attraction – a Christian View”.

For me, it was simple. I desperately wanted to be at home for my family. I needed to earn an income. I had good skills and needed to find a way I could use them and earn money at home.

I won a coveted prize in my city – Secretary of the Year in 1993 for the state of Victoria (Australia) and this was sponsored by Microsoft. Amongst my prize package was the full MS Office suite of that time.

We didn’t have a PC at home at that stage but I said to my husband if we did, I could work at home.  So we set about shopping for a PC for home – funny but not many people had computers at home in those days. I already had an Atari I used for music and simple databases and typing of stories but now I was moving into the ‘big stuff’.  From that moment on a seed was sown in my head and within 6 months I’d left my safe, secure, government job and was setting up business at home.

I have not looked back – I love being home, I love that I have been here for our daughters as they grew up.  They’re all now in their 20s but have very little recollection of a mum who worked in a job – my ‘job’ was at home where I belonged.

image descriptionGoing back to Mothers Day. The book I mentioned would make a wonderful gift for anyone you know who has the same hankering, the same passion, desire, call it what you will. I do believe that “Worth More Than Rubies” will not only confirm for the reader of their true worth but will also set them on the path to discovering what they can do to return home to work. Now, wouldn’t that make a wonderful Mothers Day gift?

 

About Author

John 5:17
Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working."

My name is Kathie and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I grew up always knowing that God was with me and formally accepted Christ as my Saviour when I was 14 years old. I have had many experiences where God has been involved at my places of work and amongst my work colleagues.

A few years ago I heard the founder of Australian Christian TV speak - I don't remember a lot of his talk but I do remember one particular phrase that has stuck with me ever since. He said "Whatever your passion is, that's your vision" . It struck a chord with me and I realised that the very things that made me passionate are the same things that I do daily in my business, and through those things I know I touch many lives. I believe I am where our Lord wants me to be.

 

I've recently been reading Faith & Work: Do They Mix? by Os Hillman. Excellent book and it was whilst reading it, I got the idea for this blog - and was pleasantly surprised that this domain was waiting for me to purchase. I will be sharing what I've been learning through reading and research in the hope that it will also provide answers to your searches and prayers. Would love to hear from you. Bless you, KMT