Monday, July 22, 2013

"Spot The Jesus" Day 1: At Work

A little girl in Sunday school tapped the teacher and asked "Why do we say we love God? I don't know Him, I pray to Him because I don't want to go to hell, not because I love Him.” This young child was being as sincere as she could possibly be. Love for God is not automatic it requires an effort at knowing Him. One must resist the temptation to fake it till you make it. The more we observe Him and understand Him the more we become more thankful and reverent, and through this we become more devoted to God, we fall more deeply in love with our Creator.

In life I like to play "Spot the Jesus". Many of us fall into the subtle trap of thinking the only place to find God is at church. If we're not expecting to find God everywhere, we might just miss great opportunities for help, healing, and spiritual growth. I try to identify the hand of God in everything and it appears that this game of hide and seek is very much something God intends. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 25:2

So, over the next week we are going to spot the Jesus together, we will attempt to open the eyes of our hearts.

Day 1. At Work, spot the Jesus in you.

Obviously it’s a Monday and most of us at work so I felt it would be natural for us to start here. The relationships you have, the results you achieve, the quality and mindfulness with which you do your work can all be the stuff of holiness. Also, the money you earn to support the family and the esteem you hold as a contributor to the world can either help serve the kingdom or be an impediment to it. Each day we “suit up and show up” at work we get opportunities to learn more about ourselves and to contribute our gifts to the good of the world.

Many of us begin by asking forgiveness for what we have done and what we have failed to do. Often what we have failed to do presents the more significant moral lapse. Have I withheld my encouragement or my attention? Do I withhold forgiveness or kindness? Stop to think of ways you withhold your gifts while with your family, at work, or in the community, and then bring the gift of your best self to the world.

Allow others to spot the Jesus in you.

By Ijeoma Olujekun

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