Thursday, August 03, 2006

Free for All Friday

Every now and again, I'll be running what I've decided to call a "Free for All Friday". Here's how "Free for All Friday" works - on a given Friday, I will post a quote or pose a question or briefly raise a provocative topic....then wait for comments. The idea is I'd like to hear your thoughts on a topic or quote so please, please, please don't leave me hanging.

For the first "Free for All Friday", I'd like to draw your attention to Chapter 8 of John Piper's book, Don't Waste Your Life entitled "Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5". He makes six points on how to make much of Christ in our secular work but never mind about his points for now...we'll cover those later. I'm interested in your answer to the following questions:

How can a Christian worker in the marketplace make much of Christ from 8 to 5?

or to personalize it...

How do you make much of Christ from 8 to 5?


Please share your thoughts.

7 comments:

Steve Renkes said...

Great question Andre. This is my first blog post BTW. First, I think you need to add pgatour.com to your favorite links to be taken seriously as a business executive.

I was given the book Total Truth for fathers day. I found chapter 2 very helpful in my life and I think it very much helps answer todays question. In my work experience, it was always difficult for me to explain God’s joy that I felt working and knew that it was more than a paycheck or being a good example to others. I found this chapter helpful in understanding how I was created. One of the tenets of the book is that the Christian message does not begin with “accept Christ as your savior”. The message begins with God created the heavens and the earth. God has created me for His glory and in my daily work life, I am fulfilling His culteral mandate as a business executive. The pdf version of chapter 2 can be found on the link below.

www.gnpcb.org/sites/total.truth

andre said...

First off, you're absolutely right - the conspicious absence of pgatours.com immediately detracts from my credibility as a business executive. :-)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on how daily engagement in the marketplace begins not with us but with God. Also, thanks for the link to the Total Truth excerpt.

Tom Yi said...

Hi Andre. Thanks again for this blog which helps me to remember our Lord, when He can be easily forgotten in the busyness of the day. I am reminded that work is a blessing and not a curse.

I love DWYL by Piper, and that chapter on work is a great one. I was particularly affected by the following point:

"We make much of Christ in our secular work by earning money with the desire to use our money to make others glad in God. As we work, we should dream of how to use our excess money to make others glad in God. Of course, we should use all our money to make others glad in God, in the sense that our whole life has this aim. But the point here is that our secular work can become a great God-exalting blessing
to the world if we aim to take the earnings we don’t need for ourselves (and we need far less than we think) and meet the needs of others in the name of Jesus."

andre said...

Tom,

Thanks for taking the time to post a comment. You're right in drawing our attention to giving as a way to glorify God through our careers

Mike said...

How do I make much of Christ from 9 to 5? One of the ways is to love my fellow co-worker. In doing so, I hope that I am the "aroma" of Christ which may lead others to repentance and faith.

Practical ways I seek to love the coworker are:
(1) Providing quality service and work products for them to enable them to do their job more effectively;
(2) Getting to know them beyond the workplace (i.e. - going out to lunch, learning about their family, hobbies, etc.)
(3) Act like Christ - integrity, kindness, humility, etc.
(4) Sharing the gospel. I have had several occasions to do this in the past year; both with Muslims.

Of course, doing these things involves much grace and dependence on God since I experience many sinful temptations to do the opposite.

Aiming to do these things I hope brings God pleasure and glory.

Mike

Mike said...

How do I make much of Christ from 9 to 5? One of the ways is to love my fellow co-worker. In doing so, I hope that I am the "aroma" of Christ which may lead others to repentance and faith.

Practical ways I seek to love the coworker are:
(1) Providing quality service and work products for them to enable them to do their job more effectively;
(2) Getting to know them beyond the workplace (i.e. - going out to lunch, learning about their family, hobbies, etc.)
(3) Act like Christ - integrity, kindness, humility, etc.
(4) Sharing the gospel. I have had several occasions to do this in the past year; both with Muslims.

Of course, doing these things involves much grace and dependence on God since I experience many sinful temptations to do the opposite.

Aiming to do these things I hope brings God pleasure and glory.

Mike

andre said...

Mike

Thanks for your outstanding comments. Point #2 about getting to know them beyond the workplace strikes home for me. I'm not always take the time to do that, yet it's vital part of "incarnating" the gospel to them. It also says "you're an individual created in the image of God and you are more then the sum of your production/contribution".

Great comment.