FIRE Assessment – Employee
Hebrews 11:6 teaches, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because he who comes to Him must believe He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
This verse is a reminder that God owns everything and that we are a steward of His resources. Culturally, we have identified three key areas that are often lacking in modeling good stewardship and courageously applying our faith to the workplace.
- Having a generous Spirit
- Being free of bondage, including debt and addictions, and
- Being willing to obey and implement God’s sometimes unconventional methods
Out of 50 possible points in the Faith section our sample of over 250 employees had an average score of 35.
If you have a desire to improve in applying Courageous Faith to your workplace we have the following strategies for you to consider:
Strategy 1: Live Generously
Someone with a generous Spirit is a person ready and willing to invest their time, talent, and treasure into the lives of other people.
Pray and ask God to give you an opportunity to be generous to someone today.
That may mean for you to stop and invest time with someone having a challenge in life. It may mean that God reveals someone with a financial need that you can meet, or that you have a skill or talent that someone else needs today. Be generous with your time, talent and treasure today and you will begin feeling God’s joy in a whole new way.
For an inspiring approach to generosity order Bruce Wilkinson’s “The God Pocket.”
Strategy 2: Break Free of Bondage
Many people are so burdened with debt, addictions, or fears that they can’t excel in their work due to the bondage they are experiencing. Instead of allowing God to be on the throne they have placed their trust in lenders, drugs, pornography, or they trust in no one, not even themselves.
- Make a commitment today to trust in God, not whatever has captured your trust in the past.
- Write down your commitment, tell someone, and take a step towards honoring it.
- Cut up credit cards, throw away pills, unplug the computer, or whatever step that will help you have a reminder of your commitment.
- Pray that God will protect you from evil and provide His Spirit’s prompting when you need to flee temptations.
Here’s some helpful books to consider:
“Free and Clear: God’s Road Map to Debt Free Living” by Howard Dayton
“The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey
“Miracle of Life Change” by Chip Ingram
Strategy 3: Listen and Obey God’s Leading
The world has the so-called “conventional” way of doing things, yet God has revealed to us stories of Noah and Joshua and many others who were asked to do things that made little sense. If we are truly living with courageous faith God will also ask us to do things at times that do not make sense to the world. We have to train ourselves to listen to God, but just as important is to obey Him when he calls you to act with courageous faith.
- Keep a journal of your prayers and your thoughts.
- Carve out time to be still and ask God to speak to you through his Word and through His Spirit.
- Document the times God leads you to make a courageous move. Seek clear affirmation from His Word, from the Holy Spirit, and from wise and godly counsel.
“Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby is one of the best study guides to learn how to hear God’s voice and to actually obey and implement His directives.
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