Following a conversation with a friend regarding faith in the workplace I realized the considerable amount of thought, prayer and effort I have put into aligning my faith and talents into a lifestyle of ministry over the last 25+years. Upon reflection of my own journey and the things I have learned and continue to learn I thought I would present a 4 part series to share some of my thoughts and experiences with the hope that it will encourage and inspire you to think about how your Christian faith and God-given talents permeates your church, family, vocational and recreational life.
- Your Identity In Christ
- You Have Been Set Apart
- So Then How Must You Live
- Practical Applications To Share
Part 1 Your Identity in Christ
When you recognized your sin, inadequacy and inability to have a relationship with a pure and Holy God, realized the need for a savior from your sin, accepted Jesus’ death and resurrection as the perfect plan for redemption of man and invited Jesus in your heart you were changed for eternity.
Romans 10:9 says “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved:”
II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
As a Christian you have been “born again”. Born again as a new creature with God’s Holy Spirit residing in you, giving you access to God’s power to fulfill His commandments. In the book of Acts, Luke gives an account of Jesus telling of the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church following Jesus’ ascension and day of Pentecost.
Acts 1:8 – “,but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Are we so entwined with this world that we fail to recognize the power that has been given to us through the Holy Spirit? Through the blood sacrifice and resurrected Son, we have been given privileged access to bring our petition to God Himself. Matthew records the instruction of Jesus to the first disciples of Christ instructing them as models how to act in the power given to them through the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 10: 5-8 – “These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.”
We have been saved from the consequence of our sin and set apart as a child of God.
Romans 8:14-17 – 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him
God’s mercy and grace has been bestowed on you and redeemed you as a child of the almighty God. This provides the foundation for your life and ministry. Once we recognize whose we are and the power that has been given to us through the Holy spirit we are in the right frame of mind to consider our talents and gifts and how God can use us in our family, community and career to accomplish His purpose for His glory.
Next we will see that you have been uniquely gifted and set apart for His work and can begin to consider how you can accomplish His work in your life.