We’ve all experienced the dreaded dropped call. I’m usually rambling on for a good 30-45 seconds before I realize the person on the other end is no longer there. I’m left wondering, “At what point in that conversation did I loose the connection?”
Sometimes in our faith journey is like a dropped call. We leave church on Sunday feeling fired up to live for God and grow our relationship with Him. Yet somewhere between Sunday and Monday, we get disconnected. The call gets dropped. But rest assured, God never drops a call. His reception is always strong and clear. We, as humans are usually the ones who fall short.
Somewhere between Sunday and Monday we lose reception, we wander too far from the Tower. How does this happen? How can we go from a feeling of close connection to God on Sunday to feeling alone on Monday in our workplace calling? There are two causes for this happening:
1. We believe the lie of religion over relationship. God doesn’t care about religion. Yep, that’s right. Religion is the furthest things from God’s heart. Why? Because God desires relationship over rituals. Satan would have you believe otherwise. The enemy of your soul wants you to believe the lie that God only belongs at church. The lie that our faith and our lives at work are two separate entities. The lie that daily living for God will label you as a freak, or nut job, or radical. We believe the lie.
But God’s truth overcomes the lie. God desires and intimate relationship with you that actually impacts and changes your life and the lives of others. You can’t have a very strong relationship with someone you “see” for an hour a week. God wants to be everything to you, not just have you visit Him on Sunday.
[Tweet “A relationship with God is an everyday thing, not a once a week appointment.”]
When we have a relationship with God through his Son, Jesus, life takes on a different meaning. God comes to live inside of us. God becomes our constant Companion. Emmanuel-which means God with us.
.”..and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matt. 1:23b KJV)
That is God’s desire, for us to live in daily awareness of His constant presence. When we leave church on Sunday, God goes with us. He goes home with us, He goes to work with us, He is with us in our trials and in our triumphs.
Practicing the presence of God helps us stay connected. We can go into our workplace calling knowing that we are not alone, even if we feel like the only one who knows God. The choice is ours . Will we practice the presence of God, or attempt to relegate Him to within the church walls?
2. We believe the lie of what matters. The other reason for the disconnect is that we are told a lie at church that we blindly believe. We are told that the things of church and the things of God are synonymous. We are told that the Missionaries and Pastors are more important because they are doing the true work of God. (even if this is not outwardly spoken, it is often inferred) We are told that the the work of the church is more important than anything else. We are told that our work doesn’t matter. That what we do Monday through Friday is not as important as what is done on Sunday. We are told that very few go and the rest of us are here to send. Our purpose is to make money to support the work, and that is where our purpose ends. We believe the lies.
The lies are not said to intentionally harm. They are said in ignorance, not understanding that God’s work in people’s hearts and lives is accomplished first of all through other people, not institutions. Do not blame those in the pulpit, it is what they are taught in seminary. They too have believed the lie. So instead of being equipped to live out our calling from God in the workplace, we are unwittingly encouraged to disconnect our faith from our lives. To feel as if the only thing we are good for is writing checks.
Again the choice is ours. Will we believe the lie that our work doesn’t matter? Or will we choose to grab hold of the truth that our work can be an act of worship? That God has placed in our jobs for purposes beyond a paycheck and a position. To cling to the truth that our work matters to God.
[Tweet “Belief always results in action.”] We act according to our beliefs. Belief that is not backed up by action is not true belief, it is only a preference.
If we believe the lie of religion over relationship, we will disconnect from God as soon as we leave church. If we believe the lie that our work doesn’t count, we won’t find purpose in our work and we will leave God out of it.
Conversely, if we believe that God is all about having a relationship with us, then we will practice His presence and pursue that relationship. if we believe that our work is important to God, we will seek to do our work for Him and for His glory.
The choice is ours. We have to choose to stay connected to God everyday. It is a matter of daily surrender. Remember, the call doesn’t drop on God’s end ever. He is always connected to you. How do you stay connected to Him? How do you keep from believing the lies?
What do you think? What other lies do we believe that disconnects our faith from our lives? How do you stay connected to God?