{October 10, 2021}

Heartland Community Church



By Marnie Vasquez

Today’s workplace is made up of a lot of people, and therefore a lot of built-in-ready teams. In most businesses, these built-in-ready teams are supposed to work together to achieve the company’s goals. These built-ins can be made from departments, location-based offices, client teams…to name a few.

Yet, do these built-in-ready teams truly create teams? Teams that work together with other teams to achieve goals? Does this create dream teams?

In my experience, yes, this happens, and its impressive to see! However, these are few and far between. Instead, silos are found everywhere, preventing teams to truly work together and accomplish high goals. If looking specifically at the built-in-ready teams, I’ve found further breakdown, and silos with turf wars, competition, dissatisfaction, people feeling ignored, overlooked, under-developed, and more.

Companies are made up of people. And people are supposed to be the company’s #1 asset. Correct? It’s what I’ve been told over and over in my career. If true, then why is the above happening? Do companies really care?

Recently my boss said I was rare in the company as I focused on “soft skills”, things no one talked about or focused on. She went on to say that at my level not only did I have the largest team in the company in size and revenue, but my team was also the strongest, most engaged, held the highest productivity, held the strongest cross-department relationships, and had the lowest turnover. 

I’m not writing this to brag, because when I started, achieving those things was not my goal. My goal was to do great work, to avoid the politics and power grabs, and to lock arms with others who wanted to do the same. I wanted to put Jesus first before myself and often would pray during work: “please make this meeting go okay” or “please help me survive what is about to happen”, or “please help me not to mess this up”.

As I reflected on what my boss said, I wanted to research company philosophies. I came across the following excerpts and was floored at the revelation it gave to my experience at work.

“People are not a company’s most important resource. Relationships are.”
“Relationships are the very essence of a company’s existence.”

What a way to consider your daily work! It was a fresh take for me, a transforming take. While this excerpt was work-related, I felt Jesus inspired this philosophy. I felt Jesus wanted me to consider all the work I do, whether inside or outside the church walls, whatever is right in front me… to find relationship with him, lock arms with others, and see his mighty hand at work. It’s been amazing.

This week, truly consider whatever is right in front of you. Jesus will put together a dream team, maybe from people you wouldn’t expect, but hang on, because the impact you’ll have will be incredible. And keep these verses in mind:

 "You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God." (1 Peter 2:4-5)


{sunday 10.10.21}

Read 1 Peter 2:4-5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What work has God placed in front of you? How can you contribute to that work with Jesus as a partner, a motivator? Who has he placed next to you, and how might you encourage and sharpen one another to be part of what Jesus might be doing among you, behind the scenes, or through you? Take some time to pray about your work, your role and lens you view it all through this week.


{bible reading plan}

By Marnie Vasquez

{monday 10.11.21}

Read 1 Chronicles 17:16-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Receiving a backstage pass to a great event is amazing to have. You get to see the inner workings of how things are done, how people think and behave, and get an unbiased view of what’s really happening. Today’s scripture is like getting that backstage pass into who David was and his relationship with God. What do you feel you’re witnessing when you read today’s scripture?

{tuesday 10.12.21}

Read 1 Chronicles 21:1-17

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This is an almost unbelievable event between David and God. When you read this, search your own life, and see if you can discover a similar ‘you and God’ event. This is an event where you likely have come face-to-face with God, a sin that cannot be ignored and must be dealt with as consequences of some kind will happen.

{wednesday 10.13.21}

Read 1 Chronicles 21:18-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do you think David felt encountering Gad who received a message from God’s angel? Do you think he was scared, nervous, confident? He had just sinned greatly, and God had answered his prayer. On one hand, I wish I could live in David’s times as he gets direct messages from God through angels on what to do. It’s very clear cut. On the other hand, would I be able to handle that? Would I be able to do what David did? How about you?

{thursday 10.14.21}

Read 1 Chronicles 22:1-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: It’s incredible to see David’s ongoing deep relationship and commitment to God. It seems as if there is constant communication and activity happening to move the kingdom forward, well beyond David’ life. It reminds and encourages me to continue my prayers and communication with Jesus today to How about you?

{friday 10.15.21}

Read 1 Chronicles 28:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I feel like the words David spoke to his son, Solomon, are true for you and me today as they were for Solomon:

“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”

{extra journey resources}

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