December 11, 2016

Stewardship (5). Managing Your Work

Regardless of our professions, we each have a sacred calling to work for God and lead people to Him. Pastor Genesis Tan urges us to avoid the two enemies of excellence and shares four things we can do to improve the way we tackle work.

Message by Ptr. Genesis Tan

Discussion Questions

1. What would you like to remember from today’s message?

2. What specific actions will you take to apply what you learned? What support would you need?

3. What God-given skills would you want to develop? How will you do it? When will you start? And how will you know that you have already achieved your goal?

4. What specific actions can you do to honor God in your work?

5. What specific steps can you take so that your work can bless more people?

6. Which enemies of excellence do you tend to side with? Is it complacency or perfectionism?

Prayer Guide

Ask God to forgive you for either being complacent or a perfectionist. Ask God to forgive you for using your work to honor yourself instead of honoring him. Ask God to forgive you for working for your selfish desires instead of blessing others. Declare to God that your significance and security is not in work but in His love, forgiveness, and acceptance through Jesus Christ. Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower you to do your best in your work and be excellent for the LORD.

Did you know?

CBCP welcomes co-workers who are willing to share their time and talents with the church and its ministries. Learn more.

Recommended Reading

The CBCP Library recommends these books to complement this week’s Sunday Message. Both books can be borrowed on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you express appreciation in ways that aren’t meaningful to your co-workers, they may not feel valued at all. In The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (Paperback, Kindle), authors Gary Chapman and Paul White show supervisors and managers how to express their appreciation in ways that result in higher employee satisfaction, healthier workplace relationships, and decreased cases of burnout. Learn how to (1) express genuine appreciation, (2) increase employee loyalty, (3) reduce cynicism and promote a more positive work environment, and (4) personalize your appreciation from this practical guide.

God calls each of us to express meaning and purpose through our work and careers. In Every Good Endeavor (Paperback, Kindle) author Timothy Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is highly relevant to our questions about our work. The Christian view of work – that we work to serve others, not ourselves – can serve as the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows us how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship – not just self-interest.

See also: All CBCP Library recommendations for the Stewardship series.