Under what power or authority do you enter the workplace? There are actually two. One is the power or authority your company, owner, or boss gives you to perform the particular job they hire you to do. With that job comes the authority to make certain decisions; and, depending on your position, you may be given authority to give other people the power to make decisions there. Also, there are company goals and policy that define the authority by which you have the power to act and conduct yourself while at work. Secondly, as a Christian, you enter the workplace with the power God has provided for you. This should complement and enhance your work and is characterized by how you conduct yourself while on the job. There is no company policy that gives you the power to act in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, truthfulness, gentleness, and with self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Your company policy, nor any law for that matter, can produce and regulate this. It is not natural to our human make up… rather it is a God thing. His salvation provides the presence of the Holy Spirit in us, which in turn produces this fruit through our lives. We don’t simply act this out at church … this power is to affect us in all of life, including our workplace. What do you see the power of God producing through your life? (PMC) Consider: “For God, Who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7).
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.