Have you ever had someone bring you really bad news? It was so bad that when you heard it your stomach immediately became upset. You went into a crisis mode. I once received a letter that brought such fear upon me I could hardly stand up.
Nehemiah lived in the world of politics. He was a high ranking worker in the government of Babylon. His official title was cupbearer for King Artazerzes. He would be considered the modern-day U.S. Secret Service agent who made sure the King was safe from being poisoned.
He didn't begin this job until he was sixty-nine years old. He had already had a successful Hollywood movie career and decided to try his hand at politics. He would be known by one job more than any other. He would also be known as one of the United State's greatest statesmen. He had a faith that was genuine but not intruding or very public, but you knew where he stood. He always treated people, even his detractors with grace. He was known for his extraordinary love he had for his wife.
The faith at work movement is now entering a new phase of expression. However, to understand this new phase it is helpful to review the history of this movement. In the 1930s CBMC began with a focus of evangelism white collar executives. This continue for several years with the birth of Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International and groups like Executive Ministries of Campus Crusade and many other groups.
If I were to ask you to describe the core attributes of a person who exemplifies God's ideal for a Christian in the workplace, what would you say? This is the most common question I get from the secular media. Over the past several years, I have observed four key qualities exhibited by workplace believers who are transforming their workplaces for Christ. I believe these attributes are God's ideal for the Spirit-led worker today. Let's take a look at them.
Joseph had a tremendous calling on his life that ultimately resulted in his becoming a physical and spiritual provider over nations. However, God had to do extensive breaking and preparation in his life to make him ready.
It's 6:30 A.M., and CEO Jonathan Cooper is driving to work to meet with a management group in his technology company in San Marco, California. His six-year-old business is a leader in technology, with several award-winning products to its credit. It is known industry-wide for its quality products and superior customer service to its clients. Jonathan is humming to himself as he drives. Although in many ways he looks like the other early-morning commuters rushing along the highway beside him, Jonathan is different. For one thing, on top of his briefcase on the seat next to him, improbably, there is a shepherd's staff. . . .
Yes, this "staff" is invisible to the casual observer, but Jonathan himself is aware of it as he drives to his office. This staff relates to a story found in Genesis regarding the life of Moses. You see, Moses was a shepherd who was going about his normal workday when God called him to His Service. Since killing an Egyptian man 40 years earlier when he saw him
David was a man who knew pressure. Sometimes that pressure was a result of his own doing. Other times it was a result of the calling upon his life.
Everyone has times when pressure is placed upon them. It can bring the fires of adversity upon us when we least expect it. In the workplace, pressure can come in many different ways. A boss may pressure you for more sales. Conflicts may arise when a co-worker views things differently and you begin to accuse one another. A botched job may bring pressure on you to cut corners or to make allowances for other's failures. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
"God never gave you that property," said the man sitting across from me at lunch. I was in the midst of some major adversities in my business and personal life. "You will never see it," he went on to say. I was taken back by such a bold and brass statement. Quite frankly, I was very offended. He continued, "You will not keep it. You acquired it out of sweat and toil, not from obedience." I thought he was crazy.