Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:10-12
The most effective and influential leaders are also the best servant’s. Time has proven this again and again not just in a biblical sense but in the world outside of Christianity. As Christians we should live like Jesus lived. As a Muslim you would live like Muhammad. The Pope in Catholicism is the successor of the Apostle Peter whom Christ built his church upon (Matthew 16:18). All of these men, holy in their religions are servant leaders. They have loved and treated people as they would be treated. Christ was persecuted and killed for his beliefs despite his unending love for anyone who came to him in adoration or anger. In his final days he was joyful in the hope of humanity, patient with the afflictions placed upon him by humanity and faithful in prayer to His father, our Father while humanity slew Him. We can and should live like Jesus at work because we touch so many lives while there that it is a missed opportunity if we do not share our testimony.
How would Jesus have acted at your workplace?
He would not have felt compelled to hide his Christianity for the sake of offending others. He would not have thrown it in their faces either. He was a man that walked the walk and talked the talk. He did not need to be flamboyant in explaining his beliefs and his love for man. He would have been kind and patient. I need to be more patient with co-workers, my mind makes all kinds of leaps in a conversation and I get irritated when they do not follow along. Jesus served all because he knew that his service to others was what God wanted of Him. I do try to help anyone, even if the question seems to be rudimentary to me because we all grapple ideas in different manners and great communicators find ways to give answers and messages in a way that everyone can consume them. It’s why the message Jesus gave us is for everyone sinner, saint, boss, co-worker or those you employee beneath you in a hierarchical structure.
How would He have handled the problems you face?
With more grace surely. I think that Ephesians 6:5-8 sums up how he would handle my particular problems which are related to the management directly above me. I feel like I have hit a glass ceiling at work in both development and position. In fact, this specific set of verses is something I remind myself of. I do respect those above me and perform my duties with the highest amount of dedication that I can summon even if I may not like the circumstances at the time. Jesus completed the greatest work of all even though he knew that the process to complete it was painful, scary and ultimately deadly. He completed our road to salvation with servitude and wholeheartedness because he knew the reward, our freedom through his death, was just and worth it.
Conclusion – Live like Jesus
Jesus completed the heaviest of work that was ever assigned to anyone. He suffered during that work and did it anyway because it pleased His Father (1 Peter 2:18-20). We are instructed to complete our work dutifully even if we are treated unjustly because our rewards at the end of this life are far greater than the suffering we may endure on Earth. God does not want us in an unhappy spot for our employment long term because it will wear on our soul and that will trickle in to our families. Work is to me an institution of the Christian faith. By working hard I can provide for my family and can touch people with my testimony. Jesus didn’t shuck his work when he didn’t like it and neither should I. Whether we are top managers or front line employees we should live like Jesus and show the world the love and servant attitude He did (Colossians 3:17).