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                 週一嗎哪 

服事全球工商界

2018-3-19

By Robert J. Tamasy

 

準備好給出答案

BEING READY ALWAYS TO GIVE AN ANSWER

 

你為什麼上班?這個問題的答案有很多。其中一個理由,很明顯的就是賺取生活費。另外,如果你夠幸運的話,就是有一個職業或是手藝讓你樂在其中或覺得有成就感。我們的工作可以是透過提供產品或是服務來造福別人,或者只是在做一個填滿週一到週五時間的活動而已。

 

當然我們還能想到其他工作的理由。但多少時候,當週一開始工作的時候,我們是抱著自己是耶穌代言人的態度來工作,即使我們不在教會、機構或是基督徒開設的公司上班呢?

 

這個理由也許不是我們為什麼工作的前幾名,但其實它應該是。歌羅西書323節說道:無論做甚麼,都要從心堸窗A像是給主做的,不是給人做的。」我們可以用工作上的勤勞和品質具體地實踐這句話,更應該知道透過工作,我們可能會遇到希望認識耶穌基督的人,因此我們應該要做好準備。

 

我的朋友湯姆是一家製造公司的經理。不久之前,有一個國外客戶來拜訪他,他看見湯姆在發一些票給工廠的工人,就問那是甚麼?當他知道這些票是湯姆教會活動的票,而活動內容是一個演講者講述自己信仰耶穌基督的事,他感到充滿疑問。

 

湯姆用感性和和善的態度一一回答他的問題。這個客戶說,他的太太是基督徒,但是在他的國家,大部分的人都信別的宗教。當湯姆回答的時候,這個客戶不斷表達他的驚訝以及意見,他說:「從來沒有人告訴我那樣的事!」或者「我從來沒有聽過有人這樣解釋。」接下來幾天,他們之間就有更多的對話了。

 

當湯姆告訴我這個故事時,他說自己沒想到這竟然會是一個表達自己信仰的機會。這件事也告訴他工作的責任不只是盡全力服務自己的公司和客戶而已,也是服事和代表上帝。提摩太後書25節告訴我們:「你當竭力在 神面前得蒙喜悅,作無愧的工人,按著正意分解真理的道。」湯姆使用了下面兩個關鍵的原則來傳達自己的信仰。

 

永遠準備好回答問題  和人傳講耶穌基督的機會總是意外地來到,但是是預期中的意外。「只要心奡L主基督為聖。有人問你們心中盼望的緣由,就要常作準備,以溫柔、敬畏的心回答各人 (彼得前書 315).

 

尋求合宜回答的智慧  個人佈道並沒有固定的形式,但是需要智慧,倚靠神的帶領知道該說甚麼,以及如何因應情況恰當地說。「你們要愛惜光陰,用智慧與外人交往。你們的言語要常常帶著和氣,好像用鹽調和,就可知道該怎樣回答各人。 (歌羅西書45-6).

 

 

反省與問題討論

 

第一、你為什麼工作?

 

第二、你覺得抱著自己是耶穌代言人的態度來工作,這個想法如何?

 

第三、我們要如何總是預備好,當機會來的時候,我們就能和人分享耶穌基督呢?

 

第四、耶穌在世時給門徒最後一個使命就是「你們要去,使萬民作我的門徒。」(馬太福音2819)你覺得全球貿易擴張帶來甚麼影響,使這個大使命更容易被實現?

 

 

 

 

備註: 如果你手上有聖經,希望閱讀更多與這個主題相關的經文,請參考                                                                                                       

傳道書910

9:10凡你手所當做的事要盡力去做;因為在你所必去的陰間沒有工作,沒有謀算,沒有知識,也沒有智慧。

馬太福音 516

5:16你們的光也當這樣照在人前,叫他們看見你們的好行為,便將榮耀歸給你們在天上的父。」

以弗所書210

2:10我們原是他的工作,在基督耶穌堻y成的,為要叫我們行善,就是 神所預備叫我們行的。

歌羅西書 317

3:17無論做甚麼,或說話或行事,都要奉主耶穌的名,藉著他感謝父 神。

歌羅西書 324

3:24因你們知道從主那堨盛o著基業為賞賜;你們所事奉的乃是主基督。

提多書27-8

2:7你自己凡事要顯出善行的榜樣;在教訓上要正直、端莊,言語純全,無可指責, 

2:8叫那反對的人,既無處可說我們的不是,便自覺羞愧。

彼得前書 212

2:12你們在外邦人中,應當品行端正,叫那些毀謗你們是作惡的,因看見你們的好行為,便在鑒察(或譯:眷顧)的日子歸榮耀給 神。

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 MONDAY MANNA

March 19, 2018

 

BEING READY ALWAYS TO GIVE AN ANSWER

 

By Robert J. Tamasy

 

“Why do you go to work?” There are many answers to this question. One reason, obviously, is to earn a living. Another, if you are fortunate enough, is to engage in a profession or craft that you enjoy and find rewarding. Our work can benefit others through the products and services we can provide. For some, work serves as an activity that fills the time between weekends.

 

We could think of other reasons for going to work. But how often do we start a workday with the attitude that we are there to represent Jesus Christ – even if we are not employed by a church, a non-profit Christian organization, or even work for a company owned by followers of Jesus?

 

This reason might not always be in the forefront of our minds, but it should be. Colossians 3:23 states, “Whatever you do, do your work as for the Lord….” We can demonstrate this by the diligence and quality with which we perform our jobs. But we also should recognize that through our work we can have opportunities to encounter people who might want to know more about Him. So, we need to be prepared.

 

My friend, Tom, is a general manager for a manufacturing company. Not long ago an important client from another country came for a business visit. He saw Tom distributing some tickets to workers at the plant and asked, “What is that?” Upon learning the tickets were for an event at Tom’s church, where a speaker would be talking about his faith in Jesus Christ, the client was filled with questions.

 

One by one, Tom responded to the guest’s questions with sensitivity and kindness. The client explained his wife was a follower of Christ, but in his home country most people embrace a different religion. As Tom provided answers, the visitor frequently expressed amazement, commenting, “No one ever told me anything like that!” or, “I never heard it explained that way.” That led to more conversations over the following days.

 

When Tom told me this story, he admitted he had not been expecting this opportunity to talk about his faith in Jesus. But it was clear he understood his responsibility not only to serve his company and clients to the best of his ability, but also to serve and represent the Lord. He was following 2 Timothy 2:15, which instructs, Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Tom also was applying two key principles for communicating one’s faith to others:

 

Always be ready to respond. Opportunities to speak with others about Jesus Christ often come in surprising ways. So it helps to expect the unexpected. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect(1 Peter 3:15).

 

Seek wisdom for responding properly. There is no “cookie-cutter” approach to personal evangelism. It requires wisdom – and trusting in God’s direction – in what to say, and how to say it appropriately  – to fit the specific situation. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone(Colossians 4:5-6).

 

© 2018. Robert J. Tamasy has written Business at Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today’s Workplace; Tufting Legacies; coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring, and edited numerous other books, including Advancing Through Adversity by Mike Landry. Bob’s website is www.bobtamasy-readywriterink.com, and his biweekly blog is: www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.

 

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Reflection/Discussion Questions

 

1.    Why do you to work?

 

 

 

 

2.    What do you think about the idea of consciously going to work with the recognition that one of our responsibilities is to serve and represent Jesus Christ?

 

 

 

 

3.    How can we best “be ready” or “always be prepared” to tell others about what we believe when the opportunity presents itself?

 

 

 

 

4.    One of the last things Jesus said to His followers was that they were to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). How has the expansion of global commerce served to enhance our ability to carry out this “commission”? 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages:

 

Ecclesiastes 9:10; Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 3:17, 24; Titus 2:7-8; 1 Peter 2:12

 

 

 

 

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