Of Struggles and Comfort
Experience as a Christian in the Corporate World <ul><li>Great opportunity in lifestyle testimony  (decisions, happiness, ...
Top 3 Challenges as a Christian in a Corporate World <ul><li>Maintaining integrity in the business environment  (how far r...
Most Rewarding Experience as a Christian in a Corporate World <ul><li>Trusted with money </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to prov...
W O R K is a 4-letter word.
W O R K is  love  made visible.
And [if] you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gat...
The Workplace <ul><li>Work tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities and tools </li></ul><ul><li>The boss </li></ul><ul><li>The p...
Question: Do you work for God or for man?.
Do your work well (  if you are a ‘slave’    ) <ul><li>Paraphrasing Ephesians 6:5-7 </li></ul><ul><li>… obey your boss(es...
And what is it to work with love?  It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your  heart , even as if your beloved ...
Do your work well (  if you are a ‘boss’  ) <ul><li>Paraphrasing Ephesians 6:9 </li></ul><ul><li>…  treat your employees i...
Love your Neighbour (Matthew 19:19) <ul><li>Who is your neighbour? </li></ul><ul><li>One of your own (Lev 19:18) </li></ul...
Different attitudes in the Parable of the Good Samaritan <ul><li>Law Scholar – academically discussing the wounded man,  <...
W O R K is  love  made visible.
W O R K is  God  made visible.
Sharing our experiences
Our Comfort <ul><li>“  Therefore, my dear brothers (and sisters), stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves...
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Struggle and Comfort

  1. 1. Of Struggles and Comfort
  2. 2. Experience as a Christian in the Corporate World <ul><li>Great opportunity in lifestyle testimony (decisions, happiness, joy, charity work) </li></ul><ul><li>Able to demonstrate work ethics and integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Recognising God’s hand in my journey </li></ul><ul><li>Watched and criticised for failures in character by many </li></ul><ul><li>Humble pie when you make a big boo-boo </li></ul>
  3. 3. Top 3 Challenges as a Christian in a Corporate World <ul><li>Maintaining integrity in the business environment (how far removed can you get?) </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplinary actions (hire and fire?) </li></ul><ul><li>Walking away from big opportunities (risking success and income) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Most Rewarding Experience as a Christian in a Corporate World <ul><li>Trusted with money </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to provide an income stream to others </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to learn and to provide learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Former staff succeeding </li></ul>
  5. 5. W O R K is a 4-letter word.
  6. 6. W O R K is love made visible.
  7. 7. And [if] you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. - Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)
  8. 8. The Workplace <ul><li>Work tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities and tools </li></ul><ul><li>The boss </li></ul><ul><li>The peers </li></ul><ul><li>The subordinates </li></ul><ul><li>The customers (internal and external) </li></ul><ul><li>Love them? Or Hate them? </li></ul>(They are all mentioned in the Lord’s Prayer as ‘Our daily bread’)
  9. 9. Question: Do you work for God or for man?.
  10. 10. Do your work well ( if you are a ‘slave’  ) <ul><li>Paraphrasing Ephesians 6:5-7 </li></ul><ul><li>… obey your boss(es) with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart , just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart . Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does …. </li></ul>
  11. 11. And what is it to work with love? It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart , even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. - Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)
  12. 12. Do your work well ( if you are a ‘boss’ ) <ul><li>Paraphrasing Ephesians 6:9 </li></ul><ul><li>… treat your employees in the same way. Do not threaten them since you know He who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favouritism with him. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Love your Neighbour (Matthew 19:19) <ul><li>Who is your neighbour? </li></ul><ul><li>One of your own (Lev 19:18) </li></ul><ul><li>One another (John 13:34) </li></ul><ul><li>The rest of the world (Genesis 12:3) </li></ul><ul><li>Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robbers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religious men </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innkeeper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Samaritan </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Different attitudes in the Parable of the Good Samaritan <ul><li>Law Scholar – academically discussing the wounded man, </li></ul><ul><li>Robbers –use and exploit the victim </li></ul><ul><li>Religious men – Avoids the problem </li></ul><ul><li>Innkeeper – Service for a fee </li></ul><ul><li>Samaritan – A human being worth being cared for </li></ul>Do we recognise these attitudes in our bosses? Our colleagues? Ourselves?
  15. 15. W O R K is love made visible.
  16. 16. W O R K is God made visible.
  17. 17. Sharing our experiences
  18. 18. Our Comfort <ul><li>“ Therefore, my dear brothers (and sisters), stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work (of the Lord), because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” </li></ul><ul><li>- 1 Cor 15:58 </li></ul>The Lord sees. Comforting or frightening?
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