By Rick Box
另一段經文是腓立比書2章13節，它提醒我們：「因為你們立志行事都是 神在你們心裏運行，為要成就他的美意。」很明顯地，這段經文闡明無論我們去到哪裡做些什麼，即便是在工作職場裡，上帝都可以使用我們成就祂的計畫。接著，我們被如此教導：「凡所行的，都不要發怨言，起爭論，使你們無可指摘，誠實無偽，在這彎曲悖謬的世代作 神無瑕疵的兒女。你們顯在這世代中，好像明光照耀。」（腓立比書2章14-15節）
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你相信非決策者也能在職場上，特別是為完成工作和提供服務的方式以及設立屬靈焦點方面，做出有意義的改變嗎？請說明你的答案。 如果一個人不是主要的決策者，他要如何做出這樣的改變？ 你怎麼看待聖經中所說「發光如星」照亮我們周遭的世界，包含我們工作職場的想法？ 如果你做了一個決定，下定決心「我想成為在我的公司（企業或組織）發光如星的人」，你會如何努力做到這一點？
3:21 但行真理的必來就光，要顯明他所行的是靠 神而行。」
SHINING LIKE STARS IN THE MARKETPLACE
By Rick Boxx
A question I often hear when speaking about faith in the workplace comes from people who are not CEOs, those who are not the top decision-making executives in their companies. Many of them can readily understand how a CEO can affect change within an organization, but those who are not CEOs doubt their own ability to bring about change where they work, especially in terms of faith and spiritually based values.
This kind of thinking, while understandable, is unfortunate because it can undermine the potential for genuine, positive change. From my own experience, and in consulting with people in many kinds of businesses and organizations, I have discovered there are unlimited opportunities of all people to make a difference.
A question that naturally arises from such a statement is, “How can we make that difference?” I think the best place to start is by considering two similar passages from the Scriptures, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. Both talk about people of faith “shining like stars” in their surroundings.
In the prophetic book of Daniel, it tells about “a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then.” But then it declares, “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:1-3).
The other passage, the second chapter of Philippians, reminds us, “it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Clearly, it states wherever we go and whatever we do – even in the workplace – God can use us to accomplish His plans. Then we are instructed, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:13-15).
We live and work in turbulent times; at times things seem dark and disheartening. “Where is God in this?” we might wonder. It is at times like these, however, that we have the opportunity to do as the Scriptures say, to “shine like stars in the sky” to illuminate the oppressive darkness.
Think of it this way: In a large, well-lit room, a lightbulb of low wattage or a candle seems to make very little difference in how bright the area appears. However, when the lights are turned off and all other sources of illumination have been eliminated, that small lightbulb or candle suddenly seems to shine brightly, drawing us to it. In a similar way, if we find ourselves working in spiritually dark environments, we can ask God to provide ways where we can “shine like stars” and make a difference far beyond anything we could imagine.
Author C.S. Lewis wrote, “I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” That is a profound statement, and we should pray as ambassadors for Jesus Christ in the marketplace, as described in 2 Corinthians 5:20, that as others observe our lives and hear us tell about what we believe and why, that they also will be able to see Him.
It is important to remember that God”s ways are unconventional. When we embrace His ways, and model them in the places where we work, our actions stand out to others. As the Lord works in us and through us, often in unexpected ways, they will see a difference. Over time, He will give us the opportunity to reveal Jesus Christ, “the light of the world” (John 9:5) to those around us.
Copyright 2019, Unconventional Business Network. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more, visit www.unconventionalbusiness.org. His latest book, Unconventional Business, provides “Five Keys to Growing a Business God”s Way.”
Do you believe that people other than top executives can make a meaningful difference in the workplace, especially in terms of helping to set a spiritual focus for how work is done and services are provided? Why or why not? How can people make this kind of difference, especially if they are not the primary decision-makers? What do you think of the idea expressed in the Bible about “shining like stars” to the world around us, including those places where we work? If you made this decision, resolving that “I want to be one of those who are shining like stars at my company (my business or organization),” how might you go about striving to do this?
NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Matthew 5:14-16; John 1:4-9, 3:19-21, 8:12, 12:45-46