The Bible is jam packed with sensible guidance for us at work when we use Scriptural principles even in a secular environment.
I often talk to a fellow Christian at Church about what we believe and 1 Thessalonians 5 v 21 instructs us to “test [prove, KJV] all things,” which would include our old notions, and then “hold fast” to the good ones—the ones that pass the test. A mistake many make is to follow and cling on to the instruction of Revelation 3 v 11 to “hold fast to what we have” while completely ignoring the additional instructions of 1 Thes 5 v 21 to test first.
My own experience proves that not all that we believe is truth, even if held on to for thirty years. We have to test our beliefs continually and rigorously against the only standard that counts—the Bible (Acts 5 v 29). then, avoid being dogmatic, check we are not off track and discuss what we believe with those who we look up to help discuss the matter through.
Watching football yesterday and then listening to the Bodmin team talk at half time it gave me another example of testing what was being done and discussing how it should be changed – “close in on them and don’t give them time on the ball” was being recommended as a change in the second half form the first half.
At work this week I am involved in a Practitioner forum and it makes absolute sense to test how these are being run to make sure they give our members what they need – and more. It is good to test what we believe and what we do is the right way, the best way – even at work.
Back to my Christian walk. Human nature is lazy and takes the easy road at every opportunity. It will rely on human reasoning, the word of others, or tradition rather than do the hard work of studying the Bible and believing what it actually says. Human nature also will not naturally do the humbling work of allowing the Bible and its plain, straight talking verses to prove matters rather than following humanly worked out ideas.
Why do people have so many different opinions about what the Bible says? Generally, people come to the Bible with preconceived ideas and latch on to any scripture that seems to prove their belief. At the same time, they will ignore or make light of a clear verse that obviously contradicts their belief.
God can use this as a test to determine the true intents of the heart. Where does one’s allegiance really lie? Will a person humbly submit to the clear instructions of God, allowing them to lead him or her to create a true spiritual foundation? Alternatively, will they choose instead to hold on to their preconceptions or other ideas of men—their idols (Revelation 21 v 8))—desperately grasping at the straws of unclear scriptures to build a shaky foundation?
When doctrinal disputes arise, if a person cannot or will not prove beliefs using clear scriptures that are above argument, that fact should raise a red flag. Clear scriptures are a solid-rock foundation. Ambiguous scriptures, open to private interpretation, lead to a foundation of sand. Only one of these foundations will stand when storms come (Matthew 7 v 24 to 27).
So if at work or ( more importantly) when looking at my relationship with God I need to consider if what I believe and what I do is right. The first test to ask is – “Do I really know where I will spend eternity?”
A big question – the most important of all.
Have a good week