You worked on Saturday, but after church on Sunday, you sense the Lord’s Presence on returning home.  Basking in His overflowing love you receive snatches of your dreams which bring fresh revelation and understanding. God is preparing to use you to further His Kingdom.  The following morning you are sitting at your desk in the Estate Agents when Judy, the young receptionist arrives, and makes the encouraging comment that since becoming a Christian you no longer blaspheme, or use expletives.

Pleased by Judy’s affirmation you are smiling as your colleagues arrive.  Inspiration is flowing as you type into the computer a description of a far from perfect house, while being aware of not exaggerating or adding a white lie to help a sale.  With phone calls and appointments made, you head to the kitchen for a cup of coffee before leaving to show a client around a house. Several of your colleagues are waiting for the kettle to boil and chatting. You remember the Lord’s words about the wisdom of silence.  Judy’s voice breaks through your thoughts, “What’s with your euphoric look?” That brings those in the kitchen to turn towards you.  Puzzled, you frown. Judy laughs. “Don’t try changing your expression. It’s obvious you are in love with someone.” You shake your head, but she persists, and insists, “Tell us, come on, what’s your soul-mate’s name?”   When middle-aged Victor gives a contemptuous snort, you don’t want to deny the Lord so confess that Jesus is the lover of your soul.  As expected, there is a stunned silence into which you add, you had no idea how amazing it would be becoming a Christian.  A variety of expressions cross their faces, no-one speaks before picking up their drinks and walking away.

It seems your honesty caused Anna, your Manager, to later inform you to keep your religious views out of the work place. In the midst of explaining you don’t have religious views, but have a friendship with Jesus, she cuts across by stating that to persist with spouting your religion could bring a need to consider a new career.”  Astonished at her attitude, you didn’t reply.  On reaching home, you told the Lord this was His burden not yours and your aim, as in the words of a hymn is, ‘to rise, go forth, and follow thee.’

Word:   “…Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  Matthew 11.30 (MSG)

Worship:   “Break Every Chain”  Tasha Cobbs Leonard  5 mins

Key 17 – Confession