Trying to Impress?

Good morning all

As we press on again into Monday morning, heading off for work I was thinking how so often we strive to impress or even show off  at work to receive the pat on the back or admiration from boss or colleagues.

Working hard is of course a good thing for all employees not simply Christian employees but there is something to consider here. As a Christian I need to work hard but also allow the light within me to shine without Bible bashing so that I am an effective witness at work. If I am the same as everyone else where is my witness?

Matthew 5 v 3 says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Those who possess poverty of spirit are pronounced “blessed.” In one sense, they are blessed because they now have a disposition the very opposite of their natural one. This is perhaps a fundamental proof that God has begun working in them by His Spirit to create them in His own image. This attitude of spirit at work is a very powerful witness when linked to working hard. Poverty of spirit is part of the nature of our Creator, as Jesus affirms in Matthew 11:29.

And what is more God makes many promises to those of this disposition. Here is one of those promises:

“But I am poor and needy; yet the LORD thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God” (Psalm 40 v 17). If God is thinking on someone, which this verse confirms He is if our attitude is one of accepting we are poor and needy, then that person has the attention of the One with greatest power, wisdom and love in all the universe! Now does knowing this feel better than a pat on the back at work?

Have a great week

Mark

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