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OnPurposeThe thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10, NLT)

I remember when our daughters were much younger, Thing 1 would do something to Thing 2—like hit her—and Thing 2 would run to me and say, “Daddy, she hit me…on purpose!”

“On purpose” was code language for:

–it wasn’t an accident.

–she meant it.

–you need to make her pay.

The level of intentionality was exponentially increased with those two little words, “on purpose.”

There are a couple of individuals who are “on purpose” wanting to do something to your work.

One wants to “on purpose” steal, kill, and destroy you and your work.

The other desires to “on purpose” give you a rich and satisfying life.

Neither is accidentally “on purpose.”

Both mean it “on purpose.”

One makes you pay “on purpose.”

The other pays you “on purpose.”

You choose whose purpose daily.

Who will it be?

Well, of course you wish to avoid anyone breaking into your workplace, right? You wouldn’t “on purpose” welcome death threats at work. You aren’t interested in your work being bankrupted “on purpose.”

And yet the daily choice gets neglected sometimes.

Jesus shares a story about sheep and The Shepherd with a crowd and they don’t get it.

So he explains it to them. He says when you belong to Jesus the Good Shepherd, you recognize his voice when he calls you and follow him like sheep with their shepherd. When you don’t belong to Jesus, you don’t recognize his voice which invites the wolf to scatter the flock and eat them.

Both are “on purpose.”

Both have very different “on purpose” missions.

The key is to recognize Jesus’ voice.

So the easy answer to my earlier question, “Who will it be?” is “I want a rich and satisfying life so I choose Jesus.”

And yet what is your daily answer? Like each morning? Or, each time a customer gets dissatisfied with you? Or, a team member goes rogue?

What is your answer then?

Do you listen for Jesus’ voice to guide you?

Or, do you just do what you’re going to do “on purpose?”

For you to recognize Jesus’ voice at work, directing you toward a rich and satisfying life, you must spend time listening.

Sure you may read Scripture, even pray a little in the mornings. And yet do you say something like, “Good morning Jesus! What would you like to say to me today?”

Quieting the negative world’s noise takes practice. Stilling your mind to listen is an art. Hushing the competing voices of “me, my, and mine” long enough for Jesus to get a word in edge-wise takes heroic effort.

All are necessary to recognize Jesus’ voice at work.

Who will it be?

You decide daily to listen to Jesus and receive rich satisfaction or leave the work door open for the thief to break in and steal, kill, and destroy.

On purpose.

Listen to Jesus to increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.

Dr. Joey Faucette

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