By My Spirit  

Road Ahead

As the twinkling lights of Christmas disappear in our rear view mirror and the road ahead is filled with the cold rainy days of January, we can sometimes find ourselves in a bit of a slump. We consider having to drag ourselves out of bed, turning on our phones and laptops and getting back into the rat race. Sometimes the enormity of the task in front of us seems so overwhelming it would be easier to stay in bed. We feel more exhausted now than we did before the Christmas break!

If that is how you are feeling going into 2023 I have some good news for you.  This morning, as we started our New Year back in the Transform Work office, the first thing we did was pray for you, especially the leaders of our workplace and professional groups. We prayed that God would recommission you as you step back into the world of work.  As we were praying for you The Lord reminded us of this scripture. 

"It's not by might, not by power but by my spirit says The Lord" - Zechariah 4:6

The good news is that you don't need to rely on your own strength or power to complete what God has given you to do this year. Just as the work of rebuilding the temple would only be achieved by God's spirit and not human effort back in the old testament days, so  the work of your hands will only be achieved by God's spirit in 2023 and beyond. This means you can rest in him, trust in him and obey what he says rather than exhausting yourself by trying to achieve it all in your own might, power and understanding. You are an empty vessel in the potters hands, this is not your burden to carry.

There is an old song I used sing at the beach missions as a child that puts it all into perspective in the most simple way:

Trust and obey
For there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey

As you think about the work that is set before you this year, we at Transform Work pray that you find peace and rest in Jesus. When you surrender to him, trust him for all your needs and obey his commands, he will see that the work is completed by the power of His spirit. 

Happy New Year from all at Transform Work.
 


 


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I Will Give You Rest  

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It's that time of year, the silly season is upon us once again and everyone is buzzing around making their plans for the festive holidays. 

It's the season to be jolly, but for many of us that will be quite a challenge. The last two years have been draining and the pandemic has left a lot of people physically and mentally exhausted.  I wonder how many online calls and meetings you’ve had this year? I don’t know about you but so many of us are zoomed out! Normally most workplace groups would be putting on their Christmas events, but we have heard from many of you who are feeling tired and worn out.

Sometimes not having the energy to do what you would normally do can make you feel down, or like you are failing in some way, but we want to encourage you to take an opportunity to rest over the Christmas break. Jesus understands how you are feeling and he says "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" Matthew 11:28. We want to encourage you to sleep, to read the word, to pray and reflect, to laugh and celebrate with family and friends. Try not to feel pressured by the list of things you are unable to do at the moment, allow yourself to fall into the arms of Jesus. Rest up, rejuvenate so that you are able to go again next year. Transform Work’s Ambassadors, Associates and Prayer teams are always here for you.  If you need extra support please get in touch.

We also want to acknowledge the Christian Workplace, Professional & Sector Groups who are putting on events this Christmas, and will be praying for them too, such as:

The carol service at Whitehall run by Christians In Government, click here for more information.

The Greater London Authority Christian Network’s Christmas Celebration, click here for more information.

There are other groups who usually would have organised an event but just don’t have the capacity to do so this year.  Instead of doing nothing they are thinking outside the box and are still sharing Jesus this Christmas in a less time consuming, energy sapping ways such as:

Sefton Council who have produced a series of Advent reflections that are posted on to their intranet site for employees to read and be encouraged. 

Whatever takes place this Christmas time, whether big or small, we can all be praying for Holy Spirit to give us individual opportunities to share Jesus’ story of why He came to earth; to seek and save those that are lost. (Luke 19:10).

So, no matter how you feel this Christmas, just remember that you can come to Jesus and find rest and replenishment no matter what you are going through. We would like to wish you all a very restful Christmas season.

 


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