By Rick Boxx
本文版權為正直資源中心（Integrity Resource Center, Inc.）所有。本文獲得授權改編自「瑞克．博克思的正直時刻Integrity Moments with Rich Boxx」。這系列的文章是以一個基督徒的觀點評論職場的正直議題。
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在今天的商場環境中，你認為是否有合適的方法來展現聖經真理可以應用在職場的各種層面？為什麼？ 你是否同意聖經適用於21世紀的工商專業界？請解釋。 若你可以，請舉一例說明你如何使用或經歷一項聖經真理或原則去解決一個職場的問題或困難，或作出一個重要的決定。 若你發現自己在一個黑暗、不熟悉的房間，若有一個手電筒會非常有幫助。聖經宣稱自己是「腳前的燈，路的光。」你對此有何看法。註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：詩篇119篇1-4節、17-18節、33-40節；約書亞記1章8節；約翰福音8章12節、16章13節；哥林多後書6章14-16節；彼得前書5章1-3節
LIGHTING OUR WAY THROUGH THE WORKPLACE
By Rick Boxx
Early in my business career, while working for a certain bank president, many times I needed specific direction for handling critical issues at the bank. My boss used these opportunities to train me in the way he processed business decisions,even showing me how the Bible aided him in making wise choices.
On many occasions, he would make reference to a verse or principle from Scripture and then help me in discovering how to apply it to my situation. He was not trying to proselytize me, or impose his spiritual beliefs on me. The bank executive was simply demonstrating both in action and through his words, how the principles and truths of the Bible served as a foundation for how he approached his job and the responsibilities he had for his employees, customers and shareholders.
I was skeptical at first, wondering how an old “religious” book could relate to the workplace, but as I watched these decisions play out, I began to see the wisdom in using the Bible as a guidebook for business.It was amazing to discover how relevant and applicable it is for the contemporary business and professional world, despite having been written thousands of years ago.
We all have times when circumstances at work seem dark and uncertain. A verse in the Scriptures speaks directly to this, and I have taken it to heart for many years. Psalm 119:105 teaches,"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."I cannot tell you how many times I have turned to the Bible and its teachings to illuminate the way for making difficult decisions when confronting various challenges.
Whether you are the leader of a team and desire to lead it wisely, or just getting started in your career and trying to find your way, I would strongly recommend using God’s Word as a primary resource for planning and decision-making. Here are some other things we need to understand about the Bible:
It teaches the right things to do. We face many temptations to compromise and take shortcuts in the desire to advance our business interests. If we learn the principles of the Bible, even committing them to memory, we can avoid potential pitfalls. “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word…. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:9,11).
It remains a viable tool for how to conduct ourselves in the workplace regardless of the changing environment. Many books on business practices that were useful centuries or even decades ago are hopelessly out of date, but a unique quality of the Bible is its validity has never faded, since it deals with eternal truths and the unchanging nature of mankind. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
It is a manual provided by the Designer. If you want to understand how to properly utilize a tool or machine, it is wise to consult its operating manual to see how it was designed. The Bible claims to be given to mankind by God the Designer, to properly teach, guide, correct and train for successful living. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Copyright 2014, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective
In today”s business environment, do you think there is an appropriate way for demonstrating how biblical truths apply the various aspects of the workplace? Why or why not? Do you agree with the statement that the Bible is relevant and applicable to the 21st century business and professional world? Explain your answer. If you can, give an example of how you have used or experienced a biblical truth or principle for resolving a workplace problem or issue, or arriving at a key decision. If you found yourself in a dark, unfamiliar room, having a flashlight readily available would be very helpful. What is your view of the Bible”s declaration that it is a “lamp for my feet, a light for my path”?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Psalm 119:1-4,17-18,33-40; Joshua 1:8; John 8:12, 16:13;2 Corinthians 6:14-16