A Career of Cheer

How many of you are still living as though God has cursed you with the career you have? Do you still mope around as though there is no overcoming the great difficulty you have at your workplace?  A proper biblical worldview helps us replace grumbling and complaining with joy and contentment as we understand the goodness of God as it relates to our work. First, remember how bad sin is to God and that He had to curse the ground Adam depended upon for his and Eve’s very sustenance. Second, consider the kindness of the Lord, that although Adam would now eat bread “by the sweat of his brow” (Genesis 3:19),  it was sweat that helped keep him cool even as the toil increased. Finally, remember the promise that was made, that the Savior Jesus would bruise the serpent Satan’s head, saving all who will trust Him. As he reflected upon Psalm 98, Isaac Watts penned these words in Joy to the World:   “No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessing flow, far as the curse is found.” Therein lies our fresh hope as we come to the job site cheerfully.  (TCF)

This thought was written by Tim Files, an Aircraft Systems Analyst who also serves on our FCAP Board of Directors.

Enjoying the Fruit of Our Labor

The heart is the storage place of what make us who we are; it is also the processor of feelings. There are three things that make a person: intellect, emotion and will. Often times, people confuse emotion for feelings. God says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with allyour strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Is it so shocking then that Scripture asks to put all of our heart also in our work (or job)?  Paul told the Colossians, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23). One of the persons that exemplified that was Nehemiah.  He did not let his feelings get in the way of serving King Artaxerxes though he was a captive from Judah. “…in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, and I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before” (Nehemiah 2:1). Twenty years of work in a foreign land and never been sad … wow!  This is the attitude of the believer. Scriptures tells us to set our heart on enjoying our work.  Consider: “Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God” (Ecclesiates 2:24).  (MM)
This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.

Thanksgiving

Gratitude is more than an emotion we feel or a response we express with regards to our possessions.  Rather, thanksgiving is a deep-seated sense of knowing that God alone gives us all that we need for life, and the ability to enjoy what He provides for us.  When we know Him personally in this way, being thankful will be a continual expression through our life rather than just a momentary response on a special day. (PMC)   Consider:  “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1); “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever. Amen!” (Romans 11:36).

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

More Than a Job…

When our Lord walked this earth, His association with work and a professional job was stunning, to say the least. The people who knew Him identified him as “the carpenter” (Mark 6:2-3), meaning He did more than do some carpentry work every so often. Rather, the use of the definite article “the Carpenter” clearly pointed to it as His occupation and even operating a business, where He offered a service and made a profit. But also, His claims to be God and yet working with His hands as a carpenter challenged the culture’s warped view of work. The Greco Roman culture of His day thought any person who worked such a menial job with His hands was unimportant and lacking any influence within the culture. But Jesus was exemplary in His work as a carpenter. We are told that He grew not only in favor with God, but also in favor with humans (Luke 2:52), which included those with whom He associated in His professional life. Though the world in His day look upon His carpentry job as meaningless, His example drew the attention of people and His Heavenly Father who said in Mark 1:11, “You are my beloved Son, in You I have been pleased.” Up to this point, all that He had done was work as carpenter. Our work is more than a job or position… it is a calling where we demonstrate our faith in the Lord daily in the details of our work. (PMC)

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

Being His Witnesses

A very important aspect of any business is how much exposure its products or services is given. It is the way people will see and learn about the company. When the church of Jesus Christ is alive in the workplace, its people are God’s way of giving exposure and authenticity to the Christian faith, as they relate to coworkers and customers. Christ did not ask us to decide to become His witnesses… He said in Acts 1:8, “I will make you my witnesses.” How?… By giving us His presence through the Holy Spirit and continuing a work in us (Philippians 1:6). It is God’s way of testifying how He is real and can be seen at the workplace. Interestingly, what can hinder us is when we entertain the idea that the only credible testimony is to be done within the narrow confines of our church services or special meetings. We must realize the impact of any church’s ministry is not just to be measured by gathered totals… it also about scattered influence, where the church’s presence resonates to people.  (PMC) Consider: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)

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

Hope Defined

It is fair to say that the word hope is being misused in day to day conversation. For instance, “I hope so” or “we can only hope” are used as something that will only happen in a miracle. In the Bible, the closest we can find hope defined is in Hebrew 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  The word is used in relation to faith as if they were equivalents … For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7) and ” For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” (Romans 8: 24-25). Both faith and hope have the same characteristics as invisible, yet tangible assurance. If like me you have been waiting for the Son of God’s second coming, do not lose hope because “…the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:25-27). MM

This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.