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Hub shared with me his frustration with Jesus’ disciples, after feeding of the 5000 they continued to be faithless when they were asked by Jesus to feed the 4000.

“They are so forgetful!  How could anyone forget that Jesus made more than enough bread and fish for the 5000, oyt of just 5 loaves and 2 fish!  They should just trust Jesus with their meagre supply!”  Hub exclaimed.

I was reading Ezekiel 20, God retold the story of the faithless Israelites.  They forget time and time again God’s promises and miracles; went back to their sinning and angered God to no end.  Isn’t that so familiar though, the Israelites, Jesus’ disciples, and me?  We can’t get it right, there’s no hope on this earth that we’ll get it right.  But you know what, God does what He’s promised to do “for His name’s sake” (Ezekiel 20:9).  Our responses do not change God’s plan.  And thank God for that!  Otherwise we’d not have Jesus – redemption, salvation, forgiveness,… the full package – available to us at all!

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Had been really busy at work, since I returned from long leave away.  10 hours day do not seems enough to get all done, then weekends as well.  I began to wonder what I am here for, to work myself to death or to be a Christian.

So, I listened to a sermon by David Pawson, what the bible tells us about work.  He said that God intended us to work, not sticking around and waiting for our ride to heaven; and that we’ll be expected to work in heaven.  What Christians should be mindful of is HOW we work – according to David Pawson we are to give our employers the fair output we’re paid to do.  Another good test he had suggested is to “bring Jesus to work”, and asking Jesus if He thinks what we do is ok. That’s interesting, I thought, so I gave it a go.

Not good.  Choosing to bring Jesus to work on a Monday is wrong.  The day didn’t start well, nothing I had planned going went, things I thought should be smooth sailing fell in a heap, staff called in sick.  You name it, we’ve got it.  

The climax was an upsetting discussion with a staff in the late afternoon, I had reacted in a distasteful way in response to her appaling attitude.  That took the other party off guard and the conversation ended ugly.  Her fault, nit mine, I thought.  Where were you, Jesus, I began to wonder; didn’t feel like you’re here?

I continued into early evening, but the earlier incident didn’t let go of me.  I felt bad and guilty.  Her attitude was bad, but it was no excuse for my bad manners.  I had to apologise first up tomorrow.

Exactly that I did this morning.  I didn’t know what to expect, but by God’s grace (can’t be my charm, I don’t think) she forgave me and we sorted out our differences. I think I had won a friend at the end of the conversation.

Back to my experiment, bring Jesus to work.  In conclusion I’d have to say Jesus was there with me – He was disgusted my my distasteful response and made sure I felt it.  Don’t think it would have been the same without His presence.

In conclusion 2 – I think it’s a fabulous idea to bring Jesus to work, Monday or Friday.  He keeps us in check and we can live our Christian walk everyday with Him by our side.

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Hub shared with me his frustration with Jesus’ disciples, after feeding of the 5000 they continued to be faithless when they were asked by Jesus to feed the 4000.

“They are so forgetful!  How could anyone forget that Jesus made more than enough bread and fish for the 5000, oyt of just 5 loaves and 2 fish!  They should just trust Jesus with their meagre supply!”  Hub exclaimed.

I was reading Ezekiel 20, God retold the story of the faithless Israelites.  They forget time and time again God’s promises and miracles; went back to their sinning and angered God to no end.  Isn’t that so familiar though, the Israelites, Jesus’ disciples, and me?  We can’t get it right, there’s no hope on this earth that we’ll get it right.  But you know what, God does what He’s promised to do “for His name’s sake” (Ezekiel 20:9).  Our responses do not change God’s plan.  And thank God for that!  Otherwise we’d not have Jesus – redemption, salvation, forgiveness,… the full package – available to us at all!

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