IDC2017: Michael Ramsden – Serving God In The Workplace

I had been very blessed to attend Intentional Discipleship Conference 2017 last Jan 26-28. Too many new learnings from great speakers who champions love for God and intentional discipleship. As part of applying the learnings, I want to write my notes and reflect on them post conference. Here is my initial post on my IDC learnings:

In this second installment of my write-up, Michael Ramsden, from RZIM and one of my favorite Christian apologists, talked about our motivation to work. He started by quoting:

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Matthew 6:24 ESV

Earning money is not evil but Jesus would like us to check our hearts why we go to work. For us Christians, serving God should be the main motivation in everything we do. Wherever God puts us, we should flourish and act according to His purpose, giving glory to His name.

Michael Ramsden continued with this following verses:

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:31‭-‬33 ESV

He further explained that work is by means we execute God’s plan. Food, shelter and clothing are by-products of the work we do for God.

As I listened to the talk, I can’t help but to think how I changed my perspective about work when I became a Christian. Before, I must say that I fully rely on myself to get things done, to be a person known to have good work ethics being my primary motivation. Though I performed well, it caused me stress and weariness. But when I started to get to know more about God and how He must be the Lord of the workplace, I began to think that Jesus is my boss. What I do at work is my form of worship to Him. For things that happen at work beyond my control, I don’t have to be so stressed about it but instead shall ask for God’s help and do what I can manage. I remember once I was in a conference call at home and the neighbors’ dogs were barking uncontrollably, I was so worried that when it was my time to talk the dogs would be heard in the call. Usually, I would stressed out about it but I learned to pray to God for everything. So I prayed, “Lord, only You are capable to put the neighbors’ dogs into silence. Please let me honor You at my work by being effective in this call.” And I received God’s favor, the dogs were no longer barking when I got to talked. Indeed no too small prayers for God to answer if it glorifies Him! ❤❤❤

Truly, working never feels so good and fulfilling when You do it for the Lord. Every time I go to work, I always have to say a prayer to ask God for favors at work, for strength, wisdom, patience and that every thing I do will be pleasing to Him. This gives me purpose and completeness that were not there before. While at times that I don’t feel wanting to work, I will just say to myself that Jesus wants me to work for Him and with His grace I can overcome my laziness. This is where He puts me, where He will bless me and where I will be a blessing to those I work with. Since I have this mentality, work has been so light and my soul does not feel polluted with bitterness from the chaos at work. 😇

Finally, at the end of the talk, we were asked to reflect on the following questions:

Soli Deo Gloria!

– Rhia