Let God’s love overflow into my workplace. Steve Sjogren and Dave Ping say in their book, Outflow, that my job is more than a way to pay my bills; it provides the resources for overflow and the opportunity for overflow to take place.
One way that I can allow God’s love to overflow on my job and in my home is to learn to listen. Most people want to talk, but few want to listen. There are so many lonely people in our homes and on our jobs. These are people who are hungry for someone to genuinely give of their time to sit and listen without judging, condemning, criticizing, or giving their opinion. Jesus listened to those who needed him, even though His disciples tried to turn certain people away. I want to be like Him.
Listening is a powerful way to show respect and to show Christ’s love. Our family members would love to be heard. Now, I’m not talking about that kind of listening where I am quiet on the outside but planning my rebuttal on the inside. My co-workers crave for someone to value their ideas and to treat them with dignity, respect, and love. I want to be that person.
Let His love overflow into my community by learning to observe. Jesus was very observant. He watched people to see what their real needs were and met those needs. A man came to Jesus for healing, but Jesus forgave his sins, knowing that the man needed to be made all the way whole. We must learn to focus more on others than we do on ourselves.
Jesus did not care about His reputation with the Jewish leaders; he cared about people in need. God wants us to remember that everyone has divine needs that only He can meet. Every person, without Christ, has a huge hole in his or her heart that only God can fill. He placed it there when He created them. I don’t want to be afraid to let His love flow through me into the lives of my neighbors and community. I want them to get a chance to wade in the overflow of God’s love.
Let God’s love overflow into my world. Some Christians have branded us by their ungodly behavior. Evangelist Joyce Meyers said that she was told that the worst day at Disneyland is ‘Christian Day’, because many who enter the park on that day are so rude. They trash the park and make it hard for the workers. She says that some restaurants that are close to churches say that Christians are the worst tippers and the most demanding customers.
Unfortunately, some of us get away from home and think that our behavior doesn’t matter, because there will be no one there who knows us. But, God has charged us to be his ambassadors of hope and love. We must lift Him up wherever we go. Picking up a piece of discarded paper, allowing someone to get in front of you in the check-out line, being honest although lying would give you an immediate advantage, and being kind to someone who is not being kind to you, are examples of love that demonstrate our true character.
Question for today – Will you take the overflow challenge and choose to demonstrate love to three people every day this week?
My favorite love passage to help you on your journey is the one we’ve being talking about in this series: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
Take love with you on your journey. Let it overflow!
Until next time,
© 2009 God’s Perspective
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