在工作中帶著「整合箱」──GOING TO WORK WITH THE ‘INTEGRATION BOX’

在職場上成為基督的追隨者,所面臨的挑戰之一是:如何將我們的信仰有效地整合於所從事的工作中。戴維.米勒(David Miller)在他的著作《工作中的上帝(暫譯)》(God at Work)談到了這個問題。他用自創的名稱:「整合箱-4個E」來強調四個不同的信仰面向:道德(Ethics)、福音(Evangelism)、體驗(Experience) 和紮實(Enrichment)。

「整合箱」的概念讓我想起了開車。如果你保養了汽車輪胎中的三個,卻忽略了第四個,讓它充太飽,最後它反而會扁掉,以致汽車無法前進。要把信仰完全融入工作,你要完整地擁抱「整合箱」的四個面向,以榮耀上帝:

道德(Ethics)。多年前,在我居住和工作的堪薩斯城,有一位名叫羅伯特.考特尼(Robert Courtney)的藥劑師,他為他的教會捐獻了100萬美元。不幸的是,羅伯特兌現他承諾的方法是稀釋癌症患者所使用的化療藥物來賺取更多的錢。因此,有很多癌症病患受害死亡,他也因為這種罪行被判無期徒刑。  

慨的奉獻可以取悅上帝,但不能忽略了道德和法律的規範。箴言11章3節警告我們說:「正直人的純正必引導自己;奸詐人的乖僻必毀滅自己。」

福音(Evangelism)。我們被呼召要傳揚耶穌基督的福音,但我們可能會犯一個錯誤,就是在贏得別人對我們的信仰有所信任之前,就太快的進入傳福音。鮑勃(Bob)是我的一個朋友,他很喜歡傳福音,但有一天他的一位供應商向我抱怨說:「鮑勃一個半月都沒付貨款了,還膽敢向我傳福音!」  

福音很重要,但是我們要先用行動與真實付出愛和關懷,才能贏得信任以分享我們的信仰。「只要心裏尊主基督為聖。有人問你們心中盼望的緣由,就要常作準備,以溫柔、敬畏的心回答各人」(彼得前書3章15節)。

體驗(Experience)。這個面向是強調理解一個人的職業呼召和命定的重要性。幾年前,我曾向查克(Chuck)請教關於如何併購廢棄物運輸業的生意。交易完成後,我們的牧師很明智地打電話給查克,為他的新呼召祈禱。

那天有很多人感動落淚並且意識到:如果上帝可以呼召一個從事廢棄物運輸工作的人,也許上帝對他們也有命定。正如以弗所書2章10節所說的:「我們原是他的工作,在基督耶穌裏造成的,為要叫我們行善,就是 神所預備叫我們行的。」

紮實(Enrichment)。把信仰和工作整合為一體需要在靈性上有根基並且紮實,然而我們可以把靈性的紮實發揮到極致。企業家約翰參加了「以信仰經營企業」的會議後,當我問他對這次會議的看法時,他回答說:「到處都是神學家想談論神學。一整天都沒人分享信仰該如何應用在商業裡!」

我們應該努力增加屬靈知識,但也應該想盡辦法將知識實際去應用。正如使徒保羅在腓立比書4章9節中所告訴我們的:「你們在我身上所學習的,所領受的,所聽見的,所看見的,這些事你們都要去行,賜平安的 神就必與你們同在。」

© 2021 版權所有非傳統商業網路(前身為純全資源中心)。節錄自和 Rick Boxx 的純全時刻,這本刊 物主要 是從基督徒的角度來探討職場上正直這個主題。如果希望知道更多關於這個事工或是想訂閱每日純全時 刻,請上這個網站: www.unconventionalbusiness.org. Rick Boxx 最新出版的書「提供實用五個關鍵的神 的方法來建立企業。」  

反省與討論問題

  1. 從實際面來看,你覺得把信仰整合在職場的真正意義是甚麼?
  2. 你認為無法在行為和工作上持續謹守道德的人,能有效的和別人分享信仰嗎?請解釋你的答案。
  3. 當你聽到「贏得信任」以分享信仰這句話時,會想到什麼?你是否遇過有人,在無法展現對你這個人的真心關懷,只把你當作個案對象之前,就要跟你討論他們所堅信的事情或產品的情況呢?請解釋你的答案。
  4. 明白個人的職場呼召和把信仰整合於工作有什麼關係?屬靈知識和把它應用在職場之間取得平衡很重要嗎? 

備註:如果你手上有聖經,並且想閱讀更多相關的經文,請參考:

箴言12章24節
12:24 殷勤人的手必掌權;懶惰的人必服苦。
箴言22章29節
22:29 你看見辦事殷勤的人嗎?他必站在君王面前,必不站在下賤人面前。
傳道書9章10節
9:10 凡你手所當做的事要盡力去做;因為在你所必去的陰間沒有工作,沒有謀算,沒有知識,也沒有智慧。
歌羅西書3章17、23節
3:17 無論做甚麼,或說話或行事,都要奉主耶穌的名,藉著他感謝父 神。
3:23 無論做甚麼,都要從心裏做,像是給主做的,不是給人做的,
提摩太後書3章16-17節
3:16 聖經都是 神所默示的(或譯:凡 神所默示的聖經),於教訓、督責、使人歸正、教導人學義都是有益的,
3:17 叫屬 神的人得以完全,預備行各樣的善事。


GOING TO WORK WITH THE ‘INTEGRATION BOX’

By Rick Boxx

One of the challenges of being a follower of Christ in the marketplace is understanding how to integrate our faith effectively into what we do.In his book, God at Work, author David Miller addresses this question. He highlights four different facets of faith at work with what he calls his “Integration Box”: the “four E’s” of Ethics, Evangelism, Experience, and Enrichment. 

The Integration Box reminds me of driving a car. If you take care of three of your car tires, but ignore or overinflate one of them, the tire will eventually go flat, bringing the car to a standstill. When integrating your faith fully into your work, you need to embrace all four facets of the Integration Box to God’s glory:

Ethics. Years ago, in Kansas City where I live and work, there was a pharmacist named Robert Courtney who made a $1 million pledge to his church. Unfortunately, Robert determined to fulfill his pledge by making more money from diluting chemo drugs for his cancer patients. Many cancer victims died, and Courtney was convicted for this crime and sentenced to life in prison.

Being generous pleases God, but not if we ignore ethics and legal guidelines. Proverbs 11:3 warns, “The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.”


Evangelism. We have all been called to tell others about Jesus Christ, but we can err by rushing into evangelism before earning the right to explain what we believe. A friend, Bob, loves to evangelize, but one day one of his vendors complained to me, “Bob has a lot of gall preaching at me when he hasn’t paid my bill in 90 days!”

Evangelism is important, but we first must earn the right to share our faith through action, and genuine love and concern for others. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

Experience. This category emphasizes the importance of understanding one’s vocational calling and purpose. Years ago, I consulted with Chuck on purchasing a trash hauling business. When the transaction was complete, our pastor wisely called Chuck forward to pray over his new calling. 

Tears were shed that day as many in the audience realized if a trash man could be called by God, maybe God had a purpose for them too. As Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

Enrichment. Integrating our faith with our work requires Becoming spiritually grounded and enriched, but we can take our spiritual enrichment to extremes. John, an entrepreneur, attended a faith-in-business conference. When I asked what he thought of the conference, he replied, “It was full of theologians wanting to talk about theology. They didn’t share a practical business idea all day!”

We should strive to grow in spiritual knowledge, but also seek ways to apply knowledge practically as well. As the apostle Paul instructed in Philippians 4:9, “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

© Copyright 2021, Unconventional Business Network. Adapted with permission from “UBN Integrity Moments”, a commentary on faith at work issues. To sign up, visit www.unconventionalbusiness.org. UBN is a faith at work ministry serving the international small business community.

Reflection/Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think it means, in a practical sense, to integrate our faith into what we do in the workplace?
  2. Do you think a person can have an effectiveness in sharing his or her faith with others if they do not make a strong commitment to consistent ethical behavior and practices? Why or why not?  
  3. When you hear about “earning the right” to share our faith with others, what thoughts come to mind? Have you ever experienced someone trying to talk with you about what they believe, before demonstrating they were sincerely interested in you as a person – rather than a project? Explain your answer.
  4. How does understanding one’s vocational calling relate to integrating our faith into our approach to work? What is the importance of balancing the acquisition of spiritual knowledge with our ability to apply it in the workplace?

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages:
Proverbs 12:24, 22:29; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Colossians 3:17,23; 2 Timothy 3:16-17


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