Friday, January 19, 2018

How Do You Work Remotely For Christ?

This week I experienced my first-ever “snow day”. My office closed due to snow because we are
located in the South where the states and people aren’t accustomed to handling such weather.
This did not mean a day off, however; we would work from home on our company laptops.

Everyone seems to idolize the idea of working from home and those who do it. The fact of the matter
is, it is a huge and difficult test for those who do. It is a time to see if we can live up to 1 Corinthians
10:31 that says “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”.
Or, alternatively, if we will fall to the temptations that come from having zero accountability
because we lack our boss and coworkers.

It is easy to get distracted when working from home. You see the dishwasher that needs to be
emptied, the laundry that is waiting to be done, and maybe you have an insatiable urge to go walk
through the freshly fallen snow (ok, well, I did anyway). Oh, and on top of all that, suddenly your
social media accounts are all vying for your attention. Keeping your mind and actions focused on
the task at hand is a challenge when you don’t feel like you’re in the “work zone”.

I feel all of this is similar to our lives as Christians, too. Even when Jesus was on earth, his disciples
had a hard time staying focused on Him and building His kingdom. Now that Jesus isn’t physically
with us, we as Christians are left to work remotely for the kingdom and it has become even more
challenging to remain centered on living for Him.

We are surrounded every day by distractions that make us tempted to live for self-gratification rather
than for our Creator. This is why it is important that we have the church and fellowship with other
believers: they are our co-workers in Christ. We need to hold each other accountable for the remote
work that we are doing for God and challenge each other to be working at our full potential to honor
Him in all that we do.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is
faithful. And letus consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not
neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the
more as you see the Day drawing near.”
- Hebrews 10:23-25

Whether spiritually, for an earthly workplace, or both, how’s your remote work going? Are you staying
focused on the mission God has placed before you?

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