Worship In The Workplace
This past Saturday I was invited to teach a breakout session at the Marketplace Mobilization Conference.The conference is hosted by a ministry called At Work On Purpose (AWOP) that helps Christians activate their faith life at work. The topic I was asked to focus on was Putting Worship in Everyday Work. Before I go any further I must note that I am not a worship leader of any kind, in fact, I am lucky if I can sing and clap at the same time, so these points will not circle around becoming a better singer. What I do have are some stories and experiences that have given me some insight in how to give my life in worship to God while at work.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:1-2
Identity is found in how we know ourselves to be. Some let our peers determine who we are, some position and others achievements. Others, however, will choose to find their identity in who God says they are. To properly worship God in any area of our lives we must have our identities wrapped up in who God says we are, which requires us to know Him. God has called us His children, co-heirs, and chosen, Christ even called us His friends. In light of who God says that we are, we can begin to step into a rightful view on how to worship Him.
2. Being of No Reputation
Our identity in Christ must grow to the point where we are willing to lay down our own self-identities and pick up His. We have to come to the point where we don’t value the opinions of others but only desire to know the thoughts of God about us. This is probably one of the utmost challenges any of us may face because it means the lower of one’s self to potentially be made a fool for the sake of Christ. However, once in the position of being of no reputation, there is a grand freedom that is found and one can become quite unstoppable in what they are called to do. Meaning that our obedience, as worship, to the Father can be accomplished in fullness without hesitation.
3. Proper Perspective
When we have our identities in Christ and have lowered ourselves to being of no reputation we can no have a proper perspective on all areas of life including the workplace. What happens is we move from a worldly perspective that is limited and dull into a heavenly perspective that is eternal and endless with opportunity. When we see our workplace as a location for us to live our the calling God has on our lives to love Him and love those around us it’s no longer a place of work and toil but a place to love on others and use or gifts. Proper perspective doesn’t place a cost on any act of obedience. The fearful questions of ‘what if’ no longer linger in the mind but instead opportunity is seen and seized.
If my identity is in who Christ says that I am, my reputation is not my own but that of Christ’s and my perspective if one of eternal gain then we are capable of confidently risking everything if God so asks. Our value is no longer in the positions we hold, the people around us or in the things we have but fully in what God thinks of us and receiving the reward of His words, “well done, my good and faithful servant.”