Let Faith Take the Lead

Faith and Worship at Work

Faith and work. Work as worship. We hear these phrases, but do we know what they really mean? Where do faith and worship find their way into the practicality of work? In this video from the WorkMatters FUSE Forum, CEO John Roberts, shares how he applies his faith to work, where he finds opportunities for worship, and how the Bible helps him maintain perspective. John is President and CEO of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America.  

John described what faith at work looks like for him.
  • Working with integrity, honesty, and care for others
  • Working with excellence
  • Making decisions prayerfully
  • Preserving the health of his organization

Describe specific ways you live out one or all of these in your role at work. How else do you apply your faith to your work?
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John said, “At the end of the day, delayed results in the interest of integrity and honesty are worth it.” How has this been true in your own career? How do colleagues respond to those delays and your personal commitments?
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Describe the role of prayer in your work. When do you pray? How do you pray? When have you felt more guidance and peace in decision making after praying?
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John does not simply apply his faith to his work, he relies on his faith at work to lead and guide him. In this video, John talks about how that commitment of faith translates to worship and praise. 

John said he worships God at work when:
  • he is given guidance in response to prayer.
  • he has business or relational success.
  • he comes to a new idea that helps the organization. 
  • he practices gratitude.  

Describe a time when you were moved to worship in response to guidance, success, or a new idea. What did that experience teach you about Him?
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List five things about your work that you are thankful for today. How do you cultivate gratitude at work? How does gratitude translate to worship for you?
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How do you maintain humility in your role at work? Do you ever struggle to credit God for success instead of yourself? Explain.
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John can enjoy and worship God through his work because he considers God the provider and sustainer of all. Worship has become apart of his daily rhythm. In this video, John talks about the Bible verses that help him maintain that humility and trust in God. 

What Bible verses do you cling to during the work week? In what ways do they comfort you or motivate you?
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James 1:2-4 (ESV)

Testing of Your Faith

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

John said he rests in James 1:2–4. What kind of trials have you faced throughout your career? How have they produced steadfastness and maturity in faith?
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In response to this verse John said, "I am going to face trial. They come at me to teach me, not to cause me to fail." What has the Lord taught you through trials in your life and career? How do you maintain a perspective of hope and joy?
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“Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God.” – Ecclesiastes 5:19 ESV

Even on the hard days, may we, like John, rejoice and worship God for his faithfulness, presence, and provision in our work. It is all a gift.  

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