Monday, March 29, 2010

PRIME TIME WITH GOD: CONVICTION

"For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction." - 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5a


This is not only for the workplace but also the home and your personal life as you walk in God's grace.



Everyone lives a life of conviction. Whatever we give our greatest time, our greatest energies, and our greatest resources to is a good indication of where our convictions lie. Some live a life of conviction about sports. Some live a life of conviction around pleasure. Still others live a life of conviction about very little that matters at all.




Whenever God chooses to do a deep work in a life, a strong conviction is born of the Holy Spirit. Conversions in the early Church resulted in changed lives that held to a deep, life-transforming conviction regarding what they believed and how they lived out that belief. Paul explains that the gospel they received came not just in words, but also in power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.



In order to impact the workplace for Jesus Christ, each of us must be reflecting a faith that is demonstrated through deeply held convictions. Are you living a life of deep conviction that spurs you on to reflect the power of Christ in your life and the lives of others? Paul was willing to suffer great persecution for his faith in a living God. God calls each of us to a life that is supernatural, not simply a good, moral life. The early Church understood the role the Holy Spirit played in demonstrating this power of the gospel. It was this deep work that resulted in living the gospel with great conviction. If you are not living the gospel with great conviction, ask the Holy Spirit to so fill your life today that the power of His Spirit is truly reflected in your life so that you may impact others in your workplace.



By O. Hillman

6 comments:

JD Curtis said...

In order to impact the workplace for Jesus Christ, each of us must be reflecting a faith that is demonstrated through deeply held convictions

Youre right. Not all of us can be preachers, deacons or priests. It's up to us to reflect God's great grace and love in whatever employment we find ourselves in.

Jack Foster said...

Yes, we are all disciples of Christ. Some are disguised as mailmen, doctors,store clerks... etc, but our main job is living for Him, reflecting His glory and spreading His love.

photogr said...

JD:

Thanks. I think we don't have to stand on a soap box and preach the gospel at work or a street corner, but leading by example may well speak volumes of our conviction.

photogr said...

Jack:

I couldn't agree more. You said it all.

Tracy said...

That's what I'm always wanting - that God would show through me at work, and everywhere else.

photogr said...

Tracy:

He does from what I can see on the blogs.