Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor
We’ve been talking about how our jobs become purposeful when we apply God’s Kingdom values to our work – whatever it is. That includes letting God work through our relationships at work, too. One of the challenges for us as followers of Jesus is to be different from the rest of the world in our relationships. Thankfully, there are some simple (though not necessarily easy) guidelines for us in Scripture on how we are to be different.
– Live by the Golden Rule – Matthew 7:12
– Think of others first – Philippians 2:3-4
– Filter what comes out of your mouth – Ephesians 4:29
– Love your enemies – Matthew 5:43-47
– Don’t lord what authority you have over others – Matthew 20:25-26
– Don’t be like the old you –Ephesians 4:22-24
– Serve others – 1 Peter 4:10
– Be humble – Ephesians 4:2
– Don’t gossip – Proverbs 20:19; Proverbs 26:20
– Be joyful – Romans 12:12-21
– Demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:13-26
I encourage you to watch or listen to the message from 4/24/16 for more detail on each of theses points. We must relate to people how Scripture instructs us to, otherwise why would the world want to hear anything from us about why they should follow Christ? If we are selfish, rude, foul-mouthed, mean, unchanged, prideful, joyless, and gossipers, how are we any different from the world?
A real difference would be clearly seen if we were loving, joyful, peace-making, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled people. And guess what? No body is going to have a problem with people who exhibit these traits! There is no law against them! (Galatians 5:22-23)
How could you take a step this week to do even one of the things on the list above? Pick one, memorize the Scripture associated with that point and let God transform you as you renew your mind and begin to live it out.