This is going to sound terrible, but here we go. The last thing I want to hear from anyone I’m working with is an opening sentence that goes something like this, “Can you hook a brother up, after all I’m a Christian just like you.” When I hear someone say that, I put one hand on my wallet and the other arm around my wife and run away as fast as possible.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that in the last many years. Why is it that some Christians think that being a believer should give them special privilege in life? I’m mean seriously what is up with that? Don’t these folks know what others are thinking when they hear them say that?
The world watches our every move. The enemy wants to do everything possible to destroy our witness. This is why we must be ever mindful of how we act and react to situations. Are we gonna mess up, yep. Do we need to go back and fix it when we do, if at all possible, yes.
If you’re a Christ follower, then there is no need for a ‘hook up’. Our Father has a perfect plan for our lives, we simply have to walk in faith as He leads.
by Os Hillman
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood….” – Ephesians 6:12
Have you ever heard someone say, “I will never do business with another Christian”? I hear this comment quite often in my dealings with Christian workplace believers. This comment represents the battle that rages against us by the enemy of our soul to destroy the witness and effectiveness of Christian workplace believers. We must realize that we are in a war – a war for the souls of men, a war to discredit all that a Christian stands for, a war that is designed to divide Christian against Christian.
Satan’s ploy in the life of Christian workplace believers is to do several things to make them ineffective as soldiers in the workplace. First, he wants to discredit them by allowing them to fail other people in their professional services. This often shows up in failing to perform what they committed to do or performing in an unsatisfactory way. Sometimes, this is a result of a downright failure of the workplace believer to perform with excellence. In other cases, it may be a misunderstanding in the midst of the service that causes strife and division instigated by the enemy.
The result in both cases is the same: a division among Christians and even non-Christians, further resulting in a damaged witness for Christ. The apostle Peter admonishes us to “live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us” (1 Pet. 2:12).
There are times when each of us is thrust into situations out of our control. Sometimes this results in our inability to pay a bill on time, or to deliver a service. Defeating satan in these battles requires extra communication with those with whom we are dealing. If the motive of your heart is to do right, then God will give you favor in order to work through these difficult spots. Ask God today to show you where the enemy is seeking to make you ineffective.
We wage a spiritual war that is not flesh and blood. We must fight this war with spiritual weapons applied to practical daily living.