The Jesus Example
Are you in a job you don’t like? How can we exhibit Christ-likeness when we work in a difficult, miserable or hostile work environment? Notice this verse in Romans. Jesus came, lived on earth and died for us and he also intercedes for us. He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” How can we live that kind of attitude and life in our present work situation?
I recently read My Utmost on this verse when I realized that God gives us some great tools to live as someone who wants to help our friends find Jesus, and at the same time, we might suffer in our situation. So much is written today about how successful we will be if we follow Jesus – a common error in our study of scripture. Jesus is ultimately successful, and his life might be a good model for how to run a business. But he primarily modeled how we lay down our life for others. What are we called to do? Intercede for others.
In that My Utmost Chambers reminded us that it is through worship and fellowship with God that we gain the ability to intercede. The strength and the ability to empathize for our fellow man, especially when their actions cause us grief, comes from God. It is supernatural. We can only get it through worship – focused concentration on God and his goodness.
Today, please take some time and thank God for what he has done. Enjoy his blessings. Sure, there are difficult things going on in your life. But focus on God’s grace and his provision for you. Focus on the good of who he is and then ask him to use that joy to make you an intercessor. You can be someone who blesses others in any circumstance. Try it out today and see what I mean.
Finally, do you have another Christian friend who would like to experience the joy of walking with Jesus daily? Mention this podcast to them.
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