Who Has True Impact on You at Work?

by | Sep 20, 2017

It’s football season — an exciting  time for fans who can’t wait to generously give great players and teams enthusiastic support with their time and shouts of praise. The more successful a player is, the bigger a celebrity and the more people want to see him and get his autograph. But celebrity status is not exclusive to those who display their talents in stadiums.

We have celebrities at work as well — people we greatly admire. We read their articles, and hang on every word they say — people like Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, to name a few.

If one of those business leaders asked to join you at work for the next week, what would you say? Of course! How exciting would it be to have a renowned (and wealthy) business leader come alongside you for even a day?! Just imagine the insights you could gain from having a personal mentoring session with one of these leaders!

Here’s something to consider. There is One who created each one of these celebrities — both the football players and the business leaders; One who gave them the gifts and talents they have so skillfully used to be successful; One who is known by more people, with more resources than all of them put together. That one is God, and He is the One who made it possible for them to accomplish everything they’ve done. That same God wants to guide and empower you in your work every day of your life.

In John 15:5 Jesus told us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Here are some things to remember as you go to work each day:

  • Work is an important means for worshiping God, the One who deserves all our worship.
  • Work is a significant tool for bringing glory to God.
  • Work allows us to partner with God to fulfill His purposes.
  • Work allows us to partner with God in blessing others.

Imagine if we pursued a relationship with God and sought His wisdom in the same way we would treasure personal coaching from these famous executives. Imagine if we treated Him as our sought-after mentor and primary boss. What would THAT look like?

That is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality of our position as Christians in the marketplace. Why not give it a try today? Invite God into your work. Pray before each decision. Ask God to give you inspiration for each project. Then pay attention to the difference. We’d love to hear how it goes!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10

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Catherine Gates

Catherine Gates is Executive Director of Women in the Marketplace, a nonprofit marketplace ministry that equips working women to confidently pursue their faith and career for the glory of God. She is also the author of The Confidence Cornerstone: A Woman’s Guide to Fearless Leadership. Learn more at womeninmarketplace.net.