Experiencing God's Kingdom at Work: The Power of Thanksgiving
For many believers, attending church or church services is a highlight of their week. It's where they can see and experience the reality of God's kingdom, his power, and his glory. But how can we bring that same reality to where we spend most of our waking hours: at work? In this article, we'll explore one key way to experience more of God's kingdom at work: through thanksgiving.
First, let's take a step back and look at two concepts: heaven and earth. They were always meant to be related to each other, and where they come together, we call that a temple. The first temple was the Garden of Eden, where God's space and man's space met. Psalms 104 tells us to enter God's gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. When we give thanks to God, we unlock the door of our conscious mind to experience his presence, his power, and his kingdom.
Hebrews 12:22-24 explains that when we enter the gates through thanksgiving and praise, it leads us to experience Mount Zion, the place where God's space and man's space intersect. This isn't just at church, but everywhere we are, including our workplace. We're in the presence of God, the living God, who has eyes that see, ears that hear, a mouth that can speak to us, and hands that can help us. We're not alone; we're in Mount Zion, and all of God's angels are at work with us, waiting to support us in what we have to do.
Jesus modeled this when he fed the 5,000. He stopped and gave thanks, bringing into his own mind the reality and consciousness that he was not alone. He was working with God, and in giving thanks, he brought that reality to bear.
So how can we apply this to our work? Begin by giving God thanks in everything. Even if it seems small or mundane, give thanks that you have a job to go to and that you can contribute to society. Thank God for the people you work with, even if they're difficult. Thank God for the challenges you face, knowing that they can refine you and make you more like Christ.
As you give thanks, you'll begin to see that your work is not just a job, but a part of God's kingdom activity. You'll see that you're not alone, but working with God and his angels. You'll experience more of God's kingdom at work, and you'll bring that reality to bear for others to see. So start today by giving thanks in everything, and see how God will work in and through your work.
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