Loving Others at Work
Make no mistake, work is about completing tasks, customer service and operating within a set of guidelines. As we work more on-line, we can find ourselves feeling isolated and alone.
Perhaps the majority of our tasks involve computer screens and information technology systems. So, how do we take God to work in an increasingly technological society.
The difference between Christianity and most other world religions is the emphasis on love. It all started with God's love for us. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Before we can give love to others, we need to receive it from above. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, He makes everything new by replacing the evil that lay at the core of our lives with His great love.
But, what is love. Scripture give us many examples. Christ laying down His life for mankind is the obvious one. Paul's letter to the Corinthians describes love as "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil," (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
The book Taking God to Work spends a chapter describing God's love for you and how that changes everything. Once you realize His unconditional love, the plan for your life comes into focus. He wants to use us, mere humans, to execute His plan for the world. We are to love others through everything we do.
One of the major things we do is work. We spend about one-third of our waking hours working. If we can use that time to love others, our work elevates beyond just making a living. It becomes a symphony of caring about those we contact. Whether it's a colleague you meet at break time, an employee who confides a personal struggle or a client who depends on you to provide great service, every act you perform has the potential to represent God's love.
How - The Love Game Plan
The simple answer to how is that we lay down our selfish desires in favor of other's needs. We triumph over obstacles and our our lower nature by keeping our focus on God's love for us. When anger or resentment try to bubble up, we turn to God in prayer and ask Him for supernatural strength to respond in love. In this way, we can find ourselves "more than conquerors through Him who loved us," (Romans 8:37)
Don't just smile and file this blog away in your mind. Try it out tomorrow. Intentionally find some way to reach out in love to someone at work. Show them your faith by your actions. You are a conqueror. I know it.
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