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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

"Working Remotely"

Recently I have heard often, "I can work remotely." It is a term we hear more often these days. Studies show that employees are happier and healthier and produce better work and feel more committed to their companies. One study said, "Remote employees tend to do their best work outside of the office. They are more inspired by their surroundings."

I began to think about my job. I am inspired every time I am in nature. As soon as I walked onto the beach, here in Florida, my mind started "working". I was definitely inspired by my surroundings. I spent all day Saturday and Sunday "writing" in my mind. Those who know me well know I keep a pad of paper with me and write notes all the time. I keep that pad in my purse, in my car, in the kitchen, in the bedroom and always in my beach bag! There are things God brings to mind that I do not want to forget!

While all jobs are not conducive to working remotely, as Christians I believe we are all to work remotely. We are to work from wherever we are. We are to witness when we leave church on Sunday mornings and until we return the next. Church is 24/7 not just Sunday mornings. We do not go on vacation from being a Christian or a disciple. We may do our best work then!

Jesus used every time and place as an opportunity to witness. When we bless others with service or sharing what God has done for us we are happier and I believe that can make us healthier. The more we do this the easier it is for us to share our hearts with others. We also become more committed to God falling in love with Him more and more as we are reminded of what all He has done for us. In turn, we trust Him more and more.

Jesus calls us to be ready to give an answer to anyone any time. 1 Peter 3: 15, "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,..."

On His resurrection night, Jesus said, "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21

Jesus began the task of witnessing and passed it down to His disciples and now it has been passed on to us. The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5: 18 "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” We have been reconciled to God, and in that new life we now call others to be reconciled to God. This is a long tradition that began with Jesus! We should start each day asking God to bring someone our way so that we can tell them what Jesus has done for us.

If you are afraid of witnessing remember that Satan wants us to be afraid to witness. We must be in prayer about this. Jesus can help us be fully aware and in tune so we will know where He is urging us to witness. He will bring people into our life so we can share our faith with them. In 2 Corinthians 5:19 we are told, “...that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation." God is already attending that person that He brings into our presence.

Billy Graham says, "I think witnessing is one part prayer, one part care and at least three parts share. If we don’t tell people about Jesus, they will never know He is the source of our love and lifestyle." He want on to say that He doesn't start "God talk" until he has been in conversation with someone for at least 10 minutes. The second stage is storytelling. Just as Jesus always had a story to share, so should we. Stories from our Christian journey are the best, large or small miracles. Stories out of our every day lives are wonderful when shared with a non-Christian who is spiritually curious.

Colossians 3: 16, "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts." The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians at Colossae encouraging them to "set the hearts on things above." He continued giving the directions for a holy life. But his instructions did not end there. He encouraged all believers to share the wonderful message with others.

Let your surroundings inspire you. Beginning with prayer, be in tune to the urges from God. Who is He urging you to share a story with?

Are you working remotely for God?


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