Do you keep your faith switch turned on every day of the week, not just on Sunday?
You have been placed in your work situation to worship God, Pastor Troy Murphy said during his message on Sunday, February 9, in the conclusion of his “Owning Your Everyday Work” sermon series.
Troy examined the Old Testament book of Esther and related it to our work. Here are key points from the message:
*God is never mentioned in the book of Esther yet the knowledge of who God is comes through clearly and we are called to find God in our everyday lives.
*Bloom where you’re planted. Stop complaining about where you are. God wants you to bloom, wherever you are. Like Esther, make the best of where God has you.
Esther was taken from her homeland, yet she bloomed and rose to the position of queen, where she wound up having great influence.
*Invest all of who God has made you to be. Don’t hold back. Give all of who you are. Don’t worry about a return on your investment (ROI). Be who you are supposed to be.
Esther was told she was put into her position “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14) and she used her influence to save the Jews.
But the verse also says that if she had remained silent God would have brought deliverance for the Jews from another place. If you don’t step into opportunities into which God has placed you, he will find someone else to fulfill his purposes.
*Don’t say: ‘Look what I did.” Instead, you should say: 'Look at the royal position God has put me in.’
*Seek wise counsel of other believers. Esther received wise advice from Mordecai. We need to seek out people who love God and can offer wise counsel, and then listen to them.
*Step into moments of opportunity that God offers. We tend to want to do big things. But often times God calls us to do the small things faithfully. We are just a drop in the ocean, but our drop matters.
*Pray and fast for God’s guidance. Listen for God’s voice and direction. You need to make space to listen, take time to stop and be quiet before God.
*Thank God for his goodness. Consider what is right and good about your day. Learn to be content where you are.
*Change the way you think about Monday through Saturday. Declare that you will own your everyday work. God is watching.