Workplace Acclimatization

How would a friend describe your behavior compared to a year ago? Would they say you have become more Christ like, or would they say that the negative attitudes and behaviors of your co-workers have rubbed off on you?

Being a Christian, doesn’t make us immune from becoming acclimatized to the culture of our workplace. Sometimes when we look at the behavior successful people have adopted, we tend to stifle the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit so that we can fit in. Slowly, without realizing what is happening we suppress our awareness of God and negative behaviors and attitudes insidiously sneaks into our lives. Just as each workplace is different, the sinful behavior that we pick up from our workplace is different for each of us.

God saw how some people living in the faith communities at the end of the first century had assimilated the culture of the cities where they lived and worked. In the letters John wrote to these churches in Revelation 2 and 3, God establishes that that he is fully aware, and more than sufficient to meet every need in their current situation. He longs for their relationship with him to be restored. God invites them to repent from abandoning their first love for Christ; or from being lured away by sexual impurity; or from being lulled to sleep by apathy; or from allowing luxury and riches to become substitutes for life in the Spirit.

With great love and compassion, the Good Shepherd searches our hearts and minds to see if there be any wicked way in us. He invites us to repent so that we can stand righteously in his Holy presence. He makes a salve to put on our eyes so that we can see the truth and see his love and grace. He offers us gold refined in the fire so that we can become rich spiritually. These are priceless treasures that the culture of our workplace can never compete with.

People are looking today for men and women who are totally comfortable living and relating with all members of society, while being graciously unwavering in their convictions and faith in God. To be this kind of person, we need to embrace the love and acceptance of Christ in every situation, so that we are totally comfortable in our own skin. When we are not looking for anything from our workplace, except to be God’s humble servant, we become shining beacons of God’s love.

I Am Thankful!

I Thank my God every time I remember you! (Phi 1:3)

I am thankful that God created you! I am delighted that God placed you exactly where you are, in the family he chose for you. God has blessed you with your unique personality, skills and gifts knowing that these are exactly what are needed today in this place where you find yourself.

I am thankful that you got up this morning and went to work. I am thankful that you do your work with excellence. The work you, your department and your company does makes a difference in somebody’s life and in the city where you work. I am thankful that you approach your work with joy. Your joy is contagious, lighting up your workplace.

I appreciate you for smiling at somebody today. I am grateful that you encouraged someone today. Your words or your smile may have been the only smile or encouraging word that somebody heard today. Thank you for your tenderness, compassion, and genuine concern for the welfare of your co-workers.

Thank you for bringing God’s presence and God’s light into your workplace. You are a beacon of hope. Your co-workers notice a difference because you demonstrate God’s grace in your conversations, meetings, and customer interactions.

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil 1:6)

Your behavior and conversations at work are a testimony to God’s redeeming and transforming power. I know that there are many temptations at work, but I am thankful to God that he is able to deliver us from all these temptations through Jesus Christ our Lord. That you are seldom heard grumbling or complaining at work demonstrates your firm conviction in God’s sovereignty. Your quiet confidence and lack of anxiety is a shining beacon of God’s peace reigning in your heart.

May your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. May you be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God! (Phil 1:9-11)

Who do you need to express thanks to today?