Marketplace Devotion 2016/09/11

Discovering mission at work: A lifelong journey

Psalm 138:8

Finish what you started in me, God. Your love is eternal – don’t quit on me now. (Psalm 138:8, the Message)

Some say that the journey is more important than the destination. Knowing where we’re going is a good start, but it’s no guarantee for plain sailing.

Abram (Abraham) heard God’s calling, and took his family and belongings on a journey. He had no idea what he might encounter. Many Christians find favor in God’s sight, see their life purpose and receive their callings without knowing what to expect on the way. By grace they experience God in daily life, coming under his nurture and protection.

In recent weeks we covered four basic steps in discovering mission at work: prayer, scripture, continuous learning, and seeking God. If you have been going through the exercises with us, we hope you’ll persevere and let the Father speak to you. Even if you believe that you’ve already found your mission, we encourage you to stick to the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. You can be sure that the Spirit – your ultimate Partner at work – is there to alert and protect you. You’ll also learn to experience first-hand the work of our Father.

In Psalm 138 David maps out a pathway for us. In life (including life at work), we learn to give thanks, give praise and walk through highs and lows. We take note of our personal experiences, as well as God’s major interventions worldwide. Whatever happens, we do our work knowing that our Father will fulfill his purpose for us.

Practice:

  1. Read Psalm 138 slowly three times a day, every day.
  2. In the past week, what specific work-related experiences are there to give thanks? What specific answers to prayer?
  3. What do you need to bring before God? Are you perplexed? Frustrated? Tired? Ask Father to calm you down and revive you.
  4. Keep praying, listening, reading and journaling.
  5. Record your learning and emotions. Write out your prayers to Father.

Prayer:

“Father, thank you for giving me a mission. I may not be able to see the whole picture yet, but I’m ready to learn as I go. Let me have the perspective of Jesus, so that I may truly enjoy my journey in the marketplace! Amen.”