粵語職場事工

每週靈修探索 6/5

做好今天的工

歌羅西書4:17

「要對亞基布說:務要謹慎,盡你從主所受的職分。」(歌羅西書4:17)
「務要完成你從主所領受的職事。」(新漢語譯本)

你知道主給了你甚麼職事(工作)嗎?不少人馬上會聯想到教會裡面的種種事奉崗位。也許我們會想起一些針對社區的服務,如關懷護理,管教兒童,或支持區內的慈善團體。更有人會說是為失落的人禱告,以及傳福音。這都是對的。

假如你是個股票經紀呢?買賣汽車的?在餐飲業服務的?是礦務工程師?是當警察的?你能說你每天的工作是從主領受的職分嗎?老實說,我們越深入工商,科技和競爭的領域,往往就越難體會究竟神與我們的工作有何相干。

本周的主題經文,引述保羅對歌羅西眾教會的問安,當中特別提及一個叫亞基布的人。這弟兄可能是當時某家庭聚會點的領袖或同工(參考腓利門書2節)。我們不知道亞基布有甚麼專業,但我們知道保羅十分看重人們每天的工作和生活:「無論做甚麼,都要從心裡做,像是給主做的,不是給人做的」(西3:23)。可以肯定,保羅要求他在任何工作上都要盡心盡力,因為都是從主領受的職事。

你知道主給了你甚麼職事(工作)嗎?是在敬拜隊服侍,或帶領小組?你日常的工作在哪些方面是從主領受的職事?你有求聖靈(你的同路人)更清晰地向你顯明嗎?
我們很容易單單看重教會的事工,忽略了職場的工作。聖經卻說:「無論做甚麼,都要從心裡做,像是給主做的,不是給人做的」(西3:23)。你今天的職事,今天的任務,就是奉耶穌的名做好今天的工作。

操練:

  1. 每天早上,下午和晚上,分別用2-3分鐘時間,安靜在主面前,默默無聲的,認定他是你的神(詩46:10)。要專心歡迎聖靈成為你的職場同路人
  2. 另找時間靈修:求天父賜你智慧和悟性面對今天的挑戰。
  3. 檢視當日的工作編排,求聖靈做你的導師。

禱告:
「聖靈啊,讓我更敏銳,能聽見又能服從你的聲音。阿門。」

Weekly Devotion 6/5

Do your best today!

Colossians 4:17

And, oh, yes, tell Archippus, “Do your best in the job you received from the Master. Do your very best.
(Colossians 4:17 the Message)

What kind of job has the Lord given you? Many would immediately think of church ministries in which we serve. Maybe activities that fit into a community service framework, such as caring for people, teaching children or supporting a local charity. Others might say praying for the lost and sharing the gospel. Of course all this is correct.

What if you were a stockbroker? An auto dealer? Someone in food service? A mining engineer? Or a police officer? Would you be able to say that your daily work was an assignment from the Lord? Indeed, the further we move into the world of commerce, technology and competition, the harder it would seem for us to find a connection between God and our day jobs.

In this week’s verse, the apostle Paul singles out someone called Archippus when signing off his letter to the Colossian churches. Archippus was likely a house church leader or servant – he’s mentioned in Philemon v.2. We’re not sure of his profession. We do know that Paul saw great significance in people’s daily work life, because he wrote earlier: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men (Col 3:23).” We can be sure that Paul expected him to be diligent in all that he did, knowing that it was work received from the Lord.

What kind of job has the Lord given you? Is it just being part of the worship team or leading a cell group? How is your day job an assignment from the Lord? Have you asked the Holy Spirit – your Partner @ Work – to reveal more to you?

We tend to think of work in the marketplace as less important than church ministry, but the Bible says otherwise. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. There’s your assignment today. Now go and do your best for Jesus.

Practice:

  1. Set apart 2-3 minutes in the morning, afternoon and evening. Sit quietly before the Lord, acknowledge Him as your God (Psalm 46:10). Welcome the Holy Spirit as your Partner @ Work.
  2. Find another time for your daily devotion. Ask for wisdom and insight to face today’s challenges.
  3. Go through your work schedule and appointments. Ask the Spirit to be your Counselor.

Prayer:
“Holy Spirit, let me be more aware of your presence. Let me hear and obey your voice. Amen.”