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Multi-ethnic pile of handsLeaders in the Workplace have been empowered with many different tools and methods to eternally impact the lives of those in their spheres of influence. God knows our frame and He knows the environment that He created for our work. He has raised us up into positions of authority, with a plan to glorify His name, establish His kingdom, and push back the darkness in people’s lives. His plans include the expression of His love through authority and discipline in the Workplace.

When a business owner or executive puts internet monitoring and controls in place, and uses them to lovingly manage his employees, healing and salvation are the result. Consider these examples:

  1. Employees become more productive; thus increasing their value to the company and their earning potential. Earning more, they are better able to support their families, fellowships, and others in need.
  2. Discovery of the impact of distractions in the workplace enables employees to see the danger of distractions in their family and spiritual life. They are encouraged to focus on the value of time and energy spent with family and God.
  3. Though painful, the discovery of addictions to pornography, gambling begin a process whereby the employee can be set free from the destructiveness of sin. Their eyes are opened to the subtle and sinister deception of the Enemy in other areas of their life.

Studies have shown that the investment associated with internet monitoring is easily justified by increased productivity. Much more, it is an investment of the “talents” given to us by the Master; an investment that will further His kingdom and bring Him pleasure (Matthew 25:14-30).

Assignment

  1. Research, select and install the internet monitoring and control service that is right for your company.
  2. Develop internet usage policies and procedures for your company.
  3. Execute a monitoring program to expose the most egregious violations.
  4. Be prepared to leverage the outcome of this program for the glory and kingdom of God.

Humbly yours and forever His,

Old Watch MechanismIt occurs to me that the lack of margin in our lives is more than a threat to our business, family and personal lives. It is one of the greatest threats to the body of Christ. Why are most Christians trapped in stale and unfruitful ministry? Because they do not have time to consider their spiritual growth; much less, make the changes necessary for it to actually happen.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Corinthians 3:18

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

There is no time for transformation, so we resist it; much to our harm, and the harm of those in our spheres of influence. We are being conformed to the world by our worldly thinking. What has happened to us?

Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.'” Jeremiah 6:16

It seems we have lost the old ways. We have been slowly deceived into thinking that progress and promotion in the world is more important than our transformation into the very image of the glory of Jesus. How could we be so foolish?

As leaders in the workplace, it is time we set the right example for those in our spheres of influence. If we won’t lead them, how much more deceived with the church in America become? It is a sobering and fearful thought. Someone has to make the break. Why not us?

If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to deliver us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9

God has a purpose and plan for delivering each one of us from the overload we have allowed in our lives. Seek and you will find; ask and it will be given to you.

Workplace Ministry Tip: Ask the LORD to search your heart regarding this issue of overload. Start with Psalm 139:23-24. Lay hold of the desire God has put in your heart for the margin needed to grow in Christ Jesus. Contact me, at rob@inlightconsulting.com, if I can be of assistance.

Humbly yours and His forever,

Partnership and team workGod has a way for everything – including a Workplace Leader’s relationship with his employees. There have been many books – both secular and Christian – written on the subject. We read so much, sometimes we lose track of the more basic. As a quick reminder, consider these simple, but critical, principles:

The principle of making disciples: The Christian Workplace Leader should recognize that every person they hire is someone that God wants to use them (the leader) to disciple. No, this does not (necessarily) mean you have to spend 90 minutes a week with them in formal Biblical training. It does mean that, as the leader, you are responsible, in the workplace, for their spiritual growth.

The principle of peace: Peace in the workplace is evidence of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Even in the trial and tribulation of termination, the peace of God that transcends all understanding should be present – particularly in the leader. Furthermore, the leader is responsible for keeping the peace in the workplace; protecting the environment from unnecessary inhibitors to the Holy Spirit’s supernatural peace.

The principle of hope: Every employee should know where lasting hope is to be found – even those that are not followers of Jesus Christ. They need to learn that true hope is not found in their job or their paycheck. No one should leave your company without knowing, from you, this eternal truth. As you might imagine, it is best not to wait until their termination to share what you believe.

Workplace Ministry Tip: Reexamine your management policies and procedures in light of these principles. Make the necessary changes, and train your management team in their implementation. Inspect what you expect.

Contact me, at rob@inlightconsulting.com, if I can be of assistance.

Humbly yours and His forever,

A Storm is ComingIn anticipation of the coming storm, I have decided to request a house inspection. I want to know that my roof will not go flying off in the high winds and turbulence. I want to know that my house will not float away in the flood – to know that it has been securely anchored to a firm foundation. I want to be reasonably confident that the walls and ceilings of my house will hold up under the storm’s pressure; and that my whole house is water tight.

In anticipation of the coming storm, I have decided to request a heart inspection. I don’t want to be surprised by a weakness in my relationship with the Lord, a fault in my character, or a lack of faith in His keeping power. I want to know that I will trust Him and keep my eyes on Him, even in the most violent storm. More than anything, I want to know that I will remain steadfast in my commitment to His reign in my life.

I want the same for you. So, I hope you will join me in my request for an inspection. It’s actually a very simple process: Read the rest of this entry »

A Storm is ComingThe book of Haggai is a very short book; just two chapters. For such a short read, it has much to say about God’s attitude toward His people during times of warning and judgment. With that in mind, I encourage you to consider the following; and I encourage you to hear for yourself what the Father is saying to you and those in your spheres of influence.

Haggai was a prophet sent by God to encourage the rebuilding of the temple in 520 B.C. To understand the importance of Haggai’s message, we must first recognize that God’s temple in the New Covenant context is the body of Christ, the church. Therefore, the prophecy of Haggai applies to the wife of Christ making herself ready (Revelation 19:7); God’s answer to His Son’s prayer for our unity (John 17:23).

Some would equate “rebuilding” with “revival”. I would not argue with them, except to say that true revival is not an event, but a process – a process whereby we are transformed into the image of the glory of the Lord (2Corinthians 3:18), and are built up into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).

Regardless of what you call it, the main point is this: Proper work on the temple of God has stopped (or slowed considerably), and God is not happy about it. Judgment is coming to the church in America.

So, please take out your Bible, ask the Father to give you wisdom and revelation in its reading, and follow along with me (I look forward to your comments): Read the rest of this entry »

A Storm is ComingAs we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we’d better take this warning seriously as these acts of terror will only spread throughout Europe and the United States. If this concerns you like it does me, share this. The storm is coming. Franklin Graham (Facebook post in response to ISIS murder of 21 Egyptian Christians)

Over the last month, I’ve encouraged you to force open your eyes and ears, and to decide (with the Lord) what you believe we are facing in the near future. I think it is only fair to do the same with you. I will start by saying that I believe Franklin Graham’s words are prophetic; not that we will see Christians murdered on American soil (though that is possible), but that “the storm is coming”.

It reminds me of what Jesus had to say at the conclusion of The Sermon on the Mount:

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. Matthew 7:24-27

Regardless of what the house falling or standing might mean to you, it is certainly something significant. We must prepare for the coming storm. Hearing the sayings of Jesus and doing them is the requirement for strong houses.

To assist in your preparation, I have created a list of The Sayings of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. Of course, you can read them for yourself. In either case, reading alone won’t produce the faith we need. We must have His rhema (right now, spoken word). Please start seeking Him for it.

Humbly yours and forever His,

Bible with Cross Shadow“Twenty percent of the people doing eighty percent of the work” has been a complaint of Christian leaders for decades. By the time I heard it, it was being said with resignation. This is our lot; we will have to deal with it. On the one hand, it bothered me. On the other, it was satisfying to think that I was a part of the twenty percent.

I am just being honest here. What can I say? I was an immature Christian leader. My complaint and my satisfaction were self centered, even egotistical. By God’s grace, I have matured as a leader. It is no longer about me. And it is not about the twenty percent; or the eighty percent. In fact, it is not even about the work. So, what’s left?

God. The importance of the work, and who is doing it, is about God. So, I just want to be clear. The work is important; the people even more so; but our perspective has to begin with God, and what is important about it to Him. He has not resigned Himself to the 80/20 rule. He has commanded all of His children to do the work of the kingdom. This is not for His good, but for ours.

I imagine many of you reading this are saying, “No kidding, Rob; tell us something we don’t know.” I agree; this is obvious stuff. But there has to be more, right? The obvious has left many walking in disobedience. There must be more.

I believe that the “more” we are searching for is found in a mystery (or two). So, I encourage you to resist your resignation and search deeper with me. Together, we will find the foundation of God’s purpose, plan and power for kingdom work. Read the rest of this entry »

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