There’s a pretty simple concept that many people forget–our jobs, our income, our families, we owe it all to Jesus Christ. God has blessed us with the means to make a life, but not for ourselves; He has blessed us so to make a life that He can use. Once we know Him and have the salvation, all of us–job, money, stuff–belongs to Him.
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.Mark 8:34 KJV
Once we’ve said, “It’s me, Lord! I’ll follow you!”, we need to really do it. You go into a workplace or school every day, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get over your shyness, over your desire to “sink into the background” and be a cross-bearer for Jesus! What He is alluding to in Mark 8:34 is that we have to develop a boldness for the Gospel, a boldness that doesn’t let us shy away from something that might be hard. It can be a hard thing to share the Gospel with someone at work because you’re afraid they’ll look down on you, or maybe you want to fit in. Remember, the Bible calls us a “peculiar people,” so we have every reason to share the message of the Gospel with everyone we come in contact with. As you pray and fast, make it a goal to build your level of boldness and become a cross-bearer for Jesus, no matter where you find yourself!
Prayer for the Day:
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I come to You today, and I want to be a cross-bearer in the marketplace. I want people to see You through me. I want You to anoint me with a kingly anointing. I receive this high call that is just as sacred as the call to preach. I understand my purpose, and I WILL go into the marketplace with a fresh anointing. In my job, I will carry Your cross. In unseen and unspoken ways, people will know there’s a difference in my life. I receive that anointing right now as I dedicate myself to You. Use my life for Kingdom authority. Help me to be a culture-changer where I work. Help me to change the culture in my workplace until it’s actually abnormal for somebody to take Your Holy Name in vain–not because I preached a sermon to them, but because Jesus has shined through me into that darkness. I give You the praise for that Lord, and I will not fail You in my calling. In Jesus Name, amen.