In order to understand the relevance of God’s Word in the workplace, let’s look at a Scripture portion that talks about the two pillars of the temple of God.
At the outset, let’s clarify what the temple of God is in the New Testament. 2 Corinthians 6:16 says, ‘And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God’.
Basically, the temple of God that exists today is us; the followers of Jesus Christ.
Now, let’s look at the two pillars that hold the temple strong.
Then he set up the pillars by the vestibule of the temple; he set up the pillar on the right and called its name Jachin, and he set up the pillar on the left and called its name Boaz. - 1 Kings 7:21
The first pillar is called Jachin. Now, as 1 Chronicles 24:17 and Numbers 26:12 states that Jachin was a descendant of Aaron and hailed from the priesthood class.
The second pillar is called Boaz. Boaz was a kinsman redeemer, a businessman and a marketplace leader.
Drawing the two together, we can gather that a follower of Jesus has two roles in life – that of a priest and that of a marketplace leader.
Most of us have strong work pillars comprising of a strong educational qualification and work expertise. But we need to strengthen the priesthood pillar. Let’s see how we can do that.
STRENGTHENING OUR PRIESTHOOD PILLAR
Here are three practical things that we can follow to strengthen our priesthood pillar.
- KNOW AND INVEST
We must be keen to know God’s word and invest time and effort to do that. We must keenly read God’s Word and spend time studying economics and business from God’s perspective. Similarly, we must tithe and invest not just our resources, but also our time on the word of God.
- QUIET TIME AND PERSONAL MEDITATION
Having a regular Quiet Time is necessary. If we miss doing our devotions in the morning, we can do it during our break in office. We can also spend time personally meditating on God’s Word and applying it in various work situations. For e.g. if someone approaches us with a Human Resources problem, we can address it with Matthew 18:15 which says, “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.” As we apply God’s Word while making key business and work decisions, it will positively impact nations and families.
Finally, it’s extremely important for us to stay connected to kingdom community. There are many like-minded, Kingdom-based, marketplace communities. Let’s join hands, belong and work together for God.