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“Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.” Psalm 17:4

We may all have people in our lives that try to lead us astray. They try to get our attention through the flesh, just like David had individuals who tried to bribe him. There is no specific detail on the bribe, but we are told he was tried.  However, he found a way to keep himself innocent on all accounts. David’s way out was the Word of God.

When temptation comes our way where do we turn? We could easily fall when the lure is presented through a close contact. In the workplace, the attraction could be robust enough to pull us into conforming.  Falling into the temptation could be easily viewed to our advantage. It could lead to advancements in the workplace if we will only take the bait. However, we soon find that what we thought would give us a substantial career only leaves us less than what we were created to be.

When we stand on the Words of God as our guide, they will contradict many workplace practices. The question becomes, “Will we remain or fall into the trap of temporary success?” This problem begins in the heart and answers the query of what we value most. David could have succumbed to the temptation of bribes to avoid hardship. Have we in any way taken the bait of an enticement, because it promised an easier way than what God was offering? Are we waiting on Him to provide or taking matters into our own hands?

 

Today in the workplace:

How’s your heart?

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The Gift of Selflessness
Written by Drew Paden


"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."
Philippians 2: 3-5

In a world that constantly preaches on capturing the "American Dream," and becoming "successful," it is easy to lose sight of a gift such as selflessness. While selflessness in the form of personal ambition and interests is a fruitful gift and one that we are called to have, we often forget about selflessness in our relationships.

In this passage from Philippians 2, Paul urges the church in Philippi to strip off selfishness in all areas of their life. It is easy to hone in on our visible actions, and material possessions but the Bible repeatedly gives us valuable wisdom on how to be selfless with them. But what does it mean to have this in relationships? Paul tells us right here: "value others above yourselves," and have the "same mindset as Christ Jesus." When you value the people in your life more than you value your own, your relationship with them is not affected by the bad days you have, or how you are feeling at the moment. It is not about what YOU want or need, but what THEY want and need and this is having the mindset of Jesus. He did not need to leave paradise to redeem the world, but We needed Him to. He displayed the ultimate sign of selflessness in His relationship with us.
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Our earthly relationships will grow and flourish when we live this way, but in our relationship with Jesus, it is a necessity. We cannot allow whatever we have done, and whatever is currently happening in our daily lives, to influence what is true every day. Jesus gave the sacrifice that never stops giving, and never changes. We have to build and develop our relationship with Him based on what He has done, and what He is doing, not the other way around. Having a selfless relationship with Jesus is to love and meet Him every day, because every day He is waiting to love and meet YOU.
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