How attached are you to performance-based awards? The next promotion? Your goals?
God wants you focused on him. When you do, you can be indifferent to the “of the world” stuff.
That’s right, indifferent.
Goals are great. Don’t get rid of them just because they may attract too much of your attention.
The same with money. It’s pretty hard to live without it, but an obsession with money can ruin you.
When you are indifferent about something, it’s not that you don’t want it. Instead you reach a spiritual maturity without inclination to obsess on it.
Focus belongs on God, not the stuff of this world. You become indifferent to them.
It is only when you become indifferent—free of prejudices and attachments—that you can discern how God wants you to act.
Are your monthly goals your obsession? Are you slavishly attached to performance awards? Is your next promotion all you see?
Or, do you realize they are not the end results God is asking you to achieve?
If so, you can free yourself of bondage to them and work solely on his unique calling in your life.
Maybe God wants you to use monthly goals so you can minister to more people through your work.
Perhaps God is encouraging you to perform at a newer, more productive level so you can be Christ to the people you work with.
God may even have a greater responsibility to give you so you can bring more people into the kingdom.
If you are indifferent to the stuff of this world, you can use any of these resources to live into God’s divine design. They become your God-given tools rather than your self-appointed masters.
Seek God’s kingdom first at work. Then use all these other things to help cause his kingdom to come.
It is a Faith Positive lifestyle that helps you increase your faith, and allows you to find true joy through your work. That’s when you love God and others even more.
Mike Van Vranken