A Contrast to the Status Quo

What would you say catches the attention of your coworkers about your faith in the Lord? As Christians we can be tempted to think that when you achieve success (salary and status) by the world’s standard…then you will have credibility to influence them. Well to some extent you may be used to relate to similar people and also attract people who share a common desire to succeed in their professional life. However, God’s way of bringing His influence to the business world can be very different. It actually looks upside down to the world’s method.  How? God often uses His people to draw attention to Himself by letting their lives demonstrate a contrast to the status quo of the work culture (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). This is not to say that Christians should act strange or odd, or even preach at people. No, you do this by living as a total Christian there.  This is more than integrating your faith in special situations. It is about God’s presence actively working in and through you. It’s about His peace ruling in your hearts (Philippians 4:7) and your life being an expression of gratitude toward God (2 Corinthians 9:10-11), and Who takes pleasure in your work life. Christians are said to be living epistles for others to observe (2 Corinthians 3:2,3). What does your life draw attention to at the workplace?  (PMC)

This article was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

The Proof of Our Faith

The proof of our faith becomes evident when things around us at work get out of control, yet our life, actions and responses show that God remains in control (PMC).
Remember … “Even though now for a little while…, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7).

This thought was written by Paul M.Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

 

 

 

 

Not Just Eight Hours

When applying for a higher position, some companies ask that applicants do satisfactory in their current positions. Some who don’t have such ambition consider what they do as just a job or “just eight hours.”  Many don’t care whether they perform satisfactorily in their current positions. I hope that none of us has that mindset because the latter missed the “God-sized view of work.” As far as Christians are concerned, it is not just a job when one’s work seems mundane. God is measuring our integrity to see if we have feet for ministry, or if He can entrust us with more excellent things. MM   Consider: “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” Luke 16:11-12 (NKJV)
This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.

Bearing His Witness in the Workplace

So what about your business/work life… what does it portray to the people around you? Is it telling them that you are obsessed with your job or position, and do they observe you idolizing yourself through your work? Maybe they see you being careless in your work and disrespectful toward your employer or those over you. Some Christians even believe they can neglect their job responsibility in order to do something spiritual to try to please God. Such idea and behavior is contrary to God’s view of work. If we think we have to do something spiritual at work to make our work valuable to God, then we lack in understanding why our work is honorable and valuable to Him.

So where did the idea of work come from? A proper understanding of the origin of work can directly affect our attitude and motivation in how we do our work. At the beginning of the Bible, in the book of Genesis, we read the account of God working to create the world. We are told that for 6 days He worked and on the seventh He rested and enjoyed what He made (Genesis 2:2-3). When He created man (Adam) and woman (Eve), He gave them the responsibility to work as caretakers of His garden (Genesis 2:8, 15). Catch this! The idea of work was not some concept that God made up apart from Himself, or some activity to occupy humans. Instead, the idea of work comes out of God’s character and nature. When He made humans, He created us in His image, and our bearing His image means work is part of our make-up and identity. This being true… then our work finds its ultimate purpose and meaning in our Creator and not in our transitory achievements, positions, and monetary gains. When we do our work wholeheartedly as unto God, we find our greatest pleasure and bear witness of His image to those around us (Colossians 3:10, 22-24).  PMC

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

 

 

Checking In At Work

Some Christians view ministry and work as two separate and incompatible categories. But did you know…that most of your life awake is spent in the workplace? The Bible classifies your performing your job description for your company as a service, or literally a ministry, rendered unto Christ. So the next time you check into work, remember you are checking into ministry (PMC). Consider this: “Do your work heartily as unto the Lord, rather than men…It is Christ whom you serve”  (Colossians 3:23-24).

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

 

 

Work and Faith Connection

As an airline employee, you have been equipped to perform your job for your company. However, as a Christian, there is an added dimension you cannot afford to overlook. Your faith in the Lord should be integrated into the details of the job you have been trained to do. If not, than the job is not much more than a routine, and your faith becomes foreign to your work. But God has designed our faith in Him to operate at work, so that it brings significance to the routine of work, value to the little things we say and do, and a deep realization that something much bigger is being accomplished in it all. Does your job description have this added dimension to it?  (PMC)  Consider: “For the word of God has sounded forth from you…but also in everyplace your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything”  (1Thessalonians 1:8).
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.