Saturday, August 23, 2008

Blisters, Sweat, Excellence At Work: Christian Witness To Impact Our Culture

Christians in Business

Yesterday I presented an educational message for a group of Christian Business people. I prayed, I called in prayer and I was most hopeful for us to connect on what our challenges are in maintaining our faith while being productive and profitable in a secular marketplace.

A few interesting incidents occured on my way to the podium in the days leading up to this event. A small home group that is key to my Christian life met on Thursday night. In our discussion we talked about witnessing in our lives at work. One woman spoke of a business that has a Christian message on their answering device. Others of us mentioned how we decide how much to say about our faith; and how much to show in action, with no words on the job.

One businessman with a large development, building, leasing company expressed concern for the person who is quick to speak of faith, but then disappoints in delivery of excellence, integrity etc. He is well known in our community as a Christian leader. He said he is cautious when interviewing someone if they are so vocal in expressing their Christianity. He has been burned by people who could talk a better game than they delivered in job execution.

I spoke yesterday on the business need for networking, but I concluded with a Biblical example of excellence in work by Bezalel who was the first man recorded in the Bible to be filled with the Spirit of God. Bezalel was a craftsman who well knew blisters and sweat in a day's work.

Read this scripture..."And God provided for Moses the skilled craftman, filled with "the spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge,and with all craftsmanship." Ex 35:31.

The work on the ark of the Covenant and the tabernacle was holy. Bezalel was obviously good at his trade, but oh imagine what joy he had working filled with the Holy Spirit on the great assignments of building the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant.

Robert Capon writes, "Culture change can come only from caring enough about things to want them to be themselves want:
  • the poem to scan perfectly

  • the song to be genuinely melodic

  • the basketball actually to drop through the middle of the hoop

  • the edge of the board to be utterly straight

  • the pastry to be really flaky

He goes on..."Few of us have many great things to care about, but we all have plenty of small ones." Robert Capon, Bed and Board, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1968. p. 109

Is your work showing?


Joyfulsister said...

Hi Kay,
Thanks for your visit and I would love to meet you if you ever come to Hawaii. You would love everything about the islands and make wonderful memories as well. I loved reading this post and it just reminded me to do well in all that I put my hands to do at work, and do it unto the Lord. I notice when I follow this It makes my relationship with everyone at work a more productive and joyful one.

Hugz Lorie

Dorothy Champagne said...


I wish I could have been there for your presentation!!! It is so true to work for the glory of God in ALL you do! We get so bogged down with everything, it really does take the Holy Spirit to keep us going. Sounds like a wonderful message!

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.