As a Body of Believers are often faced with trying to figure out how the world and all that it stands for intersects with our beliefs. Frequently it appears as if the truth has gotten muddied and caused our view of right and wrong to be grayed. It is in these times I strive to step back and to see the world as Jesus did and not through that solely of my own eyes. Office politics are frequently the bane of many as the “company line” often seems to itself diverge from the truth and actions in no way align with the truth. No, these times are not easy but I have found that by concentrating on some of the Bible’s truths during my workday that it is indeed easier to do it “His Way” than my way. Living in a fallen world is not easy but Jesus promises that if we follow Him that our yolk will be light. Taking these Biblical truths as part of your mantra will do much to help you stay focused on the light of the Gospel and not the noise of this world.
Live in the Truth
We are constantly bombarded with media from television, radio, print, and the Internet with those who seek to tell us that seeking our own interests is the best way or that the Bible is not applicable to our lives today. We are often tempted to believe that much of what Biblical scholars have written is situational or cultural. This leads us to falsely thinking that the Word is solely indigenous to the times in which it was written, and in so doing lead ourselves and others further away from what is intended. Therefore I have determined for myself that I will always accept the Bible as the truth knowing, believing, and relying on its timeless precepts. By predicating the entirety of our lives solely on God’s word, we cannot be led astray.
“Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” Isaiah 50:7
Live in the Present
Often well before we have forgiven ourselves God has set us free from our sin based solely on our repenting and turning from our transgressions. God will set our past as far as the east is from the west choosing to remember them no more. Similarly are we to not live in fear, by being unduly concerned about the future. For in truth there is nothing we can do to control the actions of others and events in our lives and frequently little if any influence we can exert on what the final outcome of events will be. Accordingly, in both our work and personal life, we are not to be obsessed and unwisely tilted toward future events. Unequivocally we are to be wise stewards of what we have been given and to plan for the future, but we are not to live in constant stress about the myriad of possibilities and therefore fearful of future events. Though we are to live expectantly and in hope for tomorrow we should live in the present being careful to enjoy the blessings and joys of everyday living.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
In the workplace there will be many environments that will be beyond your control. However, there will be many that you can change by yourself and often the best way you and influence these is to “vote with your feet.” As Believers we are encouraged in the New Testament to flee from immorality. I have learned over the years that the best way to avoid trouble is to steer clear from it and to be around those who not only believe as you do, what also live as you do. Seeking God’s will for you and your life is critical to how you interact with those closest to you. However, statistics have shown that we will all spend a large majority of our lives at work. Seeking out an employer and environment where you can survive and thrive is an admonition that we all should take to task. I know that I am unable to avoid temptation if I have to live in it and be around it incessantly. However if I am able to seek out fellow Christians and think about the truths of God will I have the best chance of success. Writing God’s name on my heart, my mind, my work world and the whole of my life enables me to keep his precepts at the forefront of my mind.
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2
Living in Confidence
In Romans 8:31 we are encouraged by the Apostle Paul’s words “if God is for us, then who can be against us?” Knowing that right will ultimately prevail enables me to get through the toughest of situations with my dignity and faith intact. Finding a verse or two that I can constantly bring to mind will help me be reminded that as Christians, we are over-comers. In fact, we have already won; God guarantees it. He will never leave our side even in our darkest hours and will walk along side, in front of us, and uplifting us through all of life’s toughest trials. During these tough economic times our ability to provide for our family and the very livelihood of our business will be tested, and we need the power and strength of the Holy Spirit to stand stall in the face of adversity.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom
shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.” Psalm 27:1-3
There is perhaps no greater charge or larger challenge for the Believer than to be still in the face of adversity. For whether you own your own business or work for someone else, you will find yourself in situations which are not fair, where you have been falsely accused, or threatened. These threats may be real or veiled, emotional for physical, financial or impugn your very integrity. I have often found myself when attacked trying, in my own power, to find a way out, to explain what happened or to fix the situation myself. Frequently in so doing I have made a bad decision much worse than would have occurred if I had relied upon the Holy Spirit for guidance. As I have grown spiritually I have learned that my way is not the best way and that I do indeed serve a sovereign God. My God is large and in charge and will do as He pleases being sure that God will handle situations the way he desires. I have learned to take my problems to God acknowledging there is a big obstacle ahead and then to say in reverence, “you [God] have a big problem, what are you going to do about it, and do you need me?” Often all God wants us to do is to be still and to wait on his hand and divine guidance. When Israelites were backed up against the Red Sea with the might of the Egyptian army, they were very afraid as their very lives were at risk. and it was at this time God spoke mightily to them.
“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.'” Exodus 14:13-14
I know that this world is not easy, but I am encouraged that God tells us that we do not belong to it; that we belong to him. As I live my day in the working world and in my business I strive to keep at the forefront of my mind these Biblical truths which both strengthen me and give me hope to overcome all that challenges me. I know if I can stay true to the course God has set out for me and my life that indeed He will live through and with me. Go therefore into the workplace and be encouraged in the good news of Jesus Christ.
Written by Author John Dillard CPA of His CPA at 770 814 9304 and visit www.HisCPA.com At His CPA we march to the beat of a higher drummer where we put the “Golden Rule” to work each and every day by “Serving Him by Serving You…One Tax Return at a Time.”
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