ThreatenState one's intention to take hostile action against someone in retribution for something done or not done.Express one's intention to harm or kill (someone): "the men threatened the customers with a handgun".Whole heartedly:Marked by unconditional commitment, unstinting devotion, or unreserved enthusiasmColossians 3:23-25 says, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28).
Extravagant: Without restraint“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28).
Role of a christian in workplace
Role of a Christianin WorkplaceChristian Education DepartmentBMCTime allocated: 15 mins
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect andfear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you wouldobey Christ.6 Obey them not only to win their favor when theireye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the willof God from your heart.7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving theLord, not people,8 because you know that the Lord will reward eachone for whatever good they do, whether they areslave or free.9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Donot threaten them, since you know that he who isboth their Master and yours is in heaven, and thereis no favoritism with him.Key VersesEphesians 6:6-8It’s all about Relationships
It’s all about RelationshipsExpectation Why? How?/ComparativeObey your earthlymastersTo win their favor notonly when their eyeis on you, but likeslaves of Christ, doingthe will of Godwith respect, fear andsincerity of heart, justas you would obeyChristServewholeheartedlyLord will rewardeveryone forwhatever good hedoesAs if you wereserving the Lord, notmenExpectation Why? How?/ComparativeTreat themsame(equal)Both their master andyour master is inheavenThere is no favoritismwith himIn the same wayDo not threaten them Both their master andyour master is inheavenThere is no favoritismwith himAs an employee/subordinateAs an employer/managerKey VersesEphesians 6:6-8
Characters LearningsDaniel • It is good to have people whom you can confideyour challenges at workplace• Never forget people who were with you when yousurpass themMoreover, at Daniel’s request the kingappointed Shadrach, Meshach andAbednego administrators over theprovince the province of Babylon, whileDaniel himself remained at the royal court(Dan. 2:49)Then Daniel returned to his house andexplained the matter to his friendsHananiah, Mishael and Azariah. He urgedthem to plead for mercy from the God ofheaven concerning this mystery.(Dan 1:17, 18a)It’s all about RelationshipsAs a Peer
Principles thatMatter the MostEEEExcellence, Ethics & Extravagant Love
#1: A Quality of ExcellenceCharacters Learnings/PrinciplesDaniel(Dan 1:19-20)Bazalel & Oholiab(Ex 31:1-6)Joseph(Gen 39:6)• We got to be exceptional in our work• Prove ourself even when we are the last resort• Give glory to God, point people to God• God gives skill not merely for theological orministerial abilities• No reward compares to the statement from youremployer that everything is in your careDaniel replied”…..But there is a God inheaven who reveals mysteries…. “(Dan 2:28)In every matter of wisdom andunderstanding about which the kingquestioned them, he found them ten timesbetter than all the magicians andenchanters in his whole kingdom”•(Dan. 1:19-20)Surely your God is the God ofgods(Dan 2:47)
#2: Ethics and IntegrityCharacters Learnings/PrinciplesGehazi(2 Kings 5:20)• It is hard to live a life of servanthood and watchothers prosper when we ourselves are in need• When our desires and jealousy become so great thatwe are willing to violate our ethics and integrity, wehave moved to a dangerous place“As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve,I will not accept a thing”•(2 Kings 5:16).
#3: Extravagant Love & ServiceII Kings 5Matt 8The Centurion as a masterThe captive girl as a slave
#3: Extravagant Love & ServiceCharacters Learnings/PrinciplesCenturion(Matt 8:5-13)Servant girl of Naaman -Captive girl from Israel(II Kings 5)• Have concern for people who report to you andto people whom you might report to• We need to go out of our comfort zones• Show mercy even to people who harm you• No matter how small or humble you are, Godcan use you in the place where God has putyou• Even your indirect influence can change peopleShe said to her mistress, “If only my masterwould see the prophet who is in Samaria!He would cure him of his leprosy”•(II Kings 5:3)for your servant will never again makeburnt offerings and sacrifices to any othergod but the Lord(II Kings 5:17)6 “Lord,” he said, “myservant lies at homeparalyzed, suffering terribly.”8 The centurion replied, “Lord,I do not deserve to have youcome under my roof. But justsay the word, and my servantwill be healed.
Ebb and flow in Career020406080100120Thrown intothe cisternServant ofPotipharPotipharsassistant(39:3)Potiphar lefteverythingin Josephscare (39:6)Thrown intoprison(39:20)Warden paidno attention(39:23)Prisonersassigned toJoseph (40:4)Incharge ofthe palaceand thepeople(41:40)Josephs Career020406080100120Entered kingsservice (1:19)Ruler overentire province(2:48)Thrown out ofleadership dueto leadershipchanges (5:8)3rd highestruler in thekingdom (5:29)Equalled with 2others (6:2)Distinguishedhimself (6:3)Daniels CareerPrinciples• Bound to happen• Yet God is in control• Never give up• Continue to do your bestColossians 3:23-25says, Whatever you do, workat it with all your heart, asworking for the Lord, not formen, since you know that youwill receive an inheritancefrom the Lord as a reward. Itis the Lord Christ you areserving.