Have you gotten lazy in your relationship with Jesus? Have other priorities, the pressures of the world, squeezed Him out more and more? Do you pray here and there, read your Bible when you can, but it’s more miss than hit?
I heard an outstanding message this week at the Daily Walk from my friend Rocky Fleming who leads a powerful global ministry called Influencers. His message on abiding with God hit me hard. Those questions above? They apply to me, as well.
In our culture today, it’s so easy to get distracted from the most important things in our life. It’s so easy to be a “Sunday Christian.” Our intentions are noble, but our execution is fragile.
One of the most powerful teachings Jesus gave us is John 15:5. If you can, just park here for a couple of minutes and meditate on the simplicity and power of these words:
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
It’s the “apart from me you can do nothing” that is monumental.
Given that potent proclamation, here are three very simple suggestions to help you “produce much fruit.”
Let Go and Let God (have our work)
I believe our work is the last thing we give to God. We have been trained all of our lives to “own” our work. Sixteen-plus years of education culminates in defining a career path and finding a great job. Over the years, our resume is all about me … me … me and see all that I … I … I have accomplished. We are hard-wired by culture to own our work.
But there is always hope in the Scriptures, especially in Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Decide to Abide
We have to be intentional about abiding. It will not happen on its own. We can create daily habits. And, most importantly, we can ask the Holy Spirit to intervene in our daily work routines and assist us in abiding in Jesus.
Find Peace in the Chaos
Chaos is a harsh word, but do you feel that at work some days? God wants us to find His peace in the middle of our work chaos. As you progress in your walk with the Jesus, especially at work, wisdom begins to sneak up on you. You begin to:
- treat people differently
- make better decisions
- see positive in the negative, and
- be more thankful.
Philippians 4:7 gives us the foundation for this peace: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
John 15:5 says it all. If you want to produce fruit in your life at work, you must remain (abide) in Jesus!
For a more in-depth teaching on these principles, listen to David’s podcast, How To Abide With God at Work .