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Many of us spend much of our time at work. While we have our primary relational commitments with our family and friends, we also are heavily invested in relationships through our respective vocational callings. And – God has planted us at work so that we might fulfill our role as His children in the great plan of restoration. God is restoring His creation to its intended glory. Through our vocational expressions, we can be used by God to extend His Kingdom.

Networks are powerful forces in the stratosphere of society—not only because of whom they include but also what they can do . . . Networks do not only matter for the powerful. In the same way that great leaders use their connections in their rise to the top, people at all levels of society employ networks regularly to get things accomplished. They provide important linkages to one’s fellow climbers down the ladder as well as up . . . Elite networks then, are only the tip of the iceberg; under the surface, these leaders have many more mentors, connections, and relationships that impact their lives. Some people only do a good job at maximizing either upward or downward connections. A key characteristic that distinguishes average leaders from those who are truly remarkable is the ability to take advantage of both.   
– Michael D. Lindsay, View from the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ,  2014, Kindle Edition, Location 595.

FOCAL PASSAGE: Proverbs 6:1-19

Daily Readings
God has designed us to engage in meaningful activities that serve to both provide for ourselves as well as be beneficial to others. Our jobs and tasks are not just activities to occupy our time each day. God has gifted us for meaningful labor and He plants us in places of service to Him and others. He uses our talents and abilities for His glory whether it be in our homes or our places of employment. This week, spend some time reflecting on how God can use you each day in your labor – wherever it is that you serve.

Monday:                                 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Tuesday:                                 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
Wednesday:                         Proverbs 6:1-19
Thursday:                              Proverbs 12
Friday:                                     Psalm 8


  1. Why is it important to develop a theological perspective on our vocation and/or our employment?
  2. How can God use networks and relationships through your work life to both bless you and make Kingdom impact?
  3. What are the Biblical principles in this lesson that directly connect to our working life?