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{June 2, 2019}

Heartland Community Church

June 2 – 8, 2019


LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Boss and Employee

By Joe Davis

Everyone has probably had a job where it was just painful to go and it ended up being just a J-O-B. Nobody starts off hoping that’s how the job ends up, we tend to just find ourselves there after our expectations for the job stop being met.

I had this really good job for a company that wasn’t too large, but it definitely wasn’t small. I really enjoyed the job and company, except for the pay. While I was there, my boss asked me to do some things that were not in my job scope, but more his job duties. I was frustrated that I was being asked to do things that were essentially his duties, for what felt like little regard for my own tasks that needed to be done. In my frustration I went to a mentor that I had at the company. It just happened that she was the CFO, so her perspective on things was way different than my field of view. Because we were friends I made the assumption that she would be understanding and give me some good advice on how to have the conversation with my boss. That is not what I received at all.  Instead she told me that when I signed on with the company, that I would do all the things asked of me as long as they were not illegal or immoral.  She looked at me as a mentor does and said that I needed to do what was asked of me because my boss told me to do it. I respected her opinion and took to heart what she said and did as my boss asked of me.  Much to my surprise, I gained a wealth of knowledge in the tasks that I was given and was given credit for it.  

I didn’t realize it at the time, but that moment turned out to be a huge moment where I realized that my submission to the things being asked of me actually helped me grow, gave me experience I probably wouldn’t have had otherwise, and taught me that there are hidden blessings yet to be discovered. 

Nobody wants to have a bad job–or good job–that is painful to go to because of the environment. But there is something to be said about doing your job with a good attitude. My time in the military gave a first hand look at leadership, good and bad.  In time I was a part of the senior leadership. There were so many times that I was worried about whether I was doing a good job or not, preparing my troops the right way or not, or even being a leader at all. I was told that I that I was doing great, but it did not feel like it. Then two things happened (at different times). First, other troops that were not my responsibility started coming to me because they couldn’t rely on their boss. It was kind of a pain because of the extra work that it created for me, but it felt good that they would come to me because they could trust that I would give them what they needed. The other thing that happened was my last review from my supervisor. I didn’t pay close attention to everything on it until after I was discharged from the military.  It turns out my boss thought I was doing great.

Work is not always what we want or what we expect. And often times the struggles we feel are for good reason. My experiences shaped me and taught me what people need from their boss. And my biggest blessings came when I was submitting, even when I didn’t want to. God has a plan for shaping us, and I would venture to say that it’s not comfortable most of the time. So whether the job is good or bad or the environment is great or less than desirable, our attitudes play a huge part in how we grow inside the work place.  

{sunday 6.2.19}

Read Colossians 3:23, Psalm 90:17, John 10:25b

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Digging deep, what is my attitude towards my job and work? Am I doing this job for me, or am I trying to serve the Lord? Are there things in my attitude or work that need to change? And if so, what are they?


{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.


{monday 6.3.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 7:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What is your image of what a successful Christian ought to look like? How does the image we sometimes have in our head match up to these verses? When you care deeply about someone or something, and are continually disappointed, how do you handle it? How does Paul here? What does faith look like in a season of trial and challenge?

{tuesday 6.4.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 7:13-8:9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When have you received good news that was deeply comforting? What does faith look like when the good news is a long time coming? Where have you seen generosity spring up in life? What has to happen in your heart or mine for us to live generously?

{wednesday 6.5.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 8:10-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you see happening in these verses? As these men traveled to villages spreading the good news of Jesus, they had to raise support and find housing. What might that have been like? How would you process their invitation and challenge if you lived in that era?

{thursday 6.6.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 8:22-9:9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do you choose to express your generosity? How would you prepare for the arrival of honored guests?  

{friday 6.7.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 9:10-10:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Grace, generosity and gratitude are the center of following Jesus. How have you given grace, lived generously and expressed gratitude this week?

{saturday 6.8.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 10:7-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does it mean, to "boast in the Lord"? Discuss this thought with your group or a trusted friend.


{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?


{extra journey resources}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.


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