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上帝對全球工商職場的信息──GOD’S MESSAGE FOR THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE

For English version, please refer to the latter part of this page

大約26年前,當時擔任CBMC國際總幹事的提姆菲爾帕特(Tim Philpot)先生(去年韓國世界大會講員之一),提出了一個每週一次職場靈修的想法,並定名為「週一嗎哪」。最初是透過傳真,在每週一早上發送給所有需要的人。其目的是鼓勵、挑戰並啟發閱讀的人,從聖經的角度,來看待他們在職場中的角色和責任。



從那時以後,週一嗎哪的影響力已呈指數級的增長。並受益於科技的演進,現在主要是透過電子郵件向全世界發送,同時也可在CBMC國際的網站  www.cbmcint.org 上看到。感謝在世界各地,忠心且委身的志願翻譯者的努力,週一嗎哪現在可以用20多種語言在北美、南美、歐洲、亞洲、非洲和澳洲的數十個國家閱讀。

開始新的一年,我們期望週一嗎哪的使用將會繼續成長,成為每週提醒我們在全球工商職場中,要如何成為「世上的光」(馬太福音5章14節)。我們可以說詩篇96篇3節的總結,是週一嗎哪的使命:「在列邦中述說他的榮耀!在萬民中述說他的奇事 !」

在接下來的12個月裡,我們計劃繼續探討,商業和專業世界中的真實日常問題,呈現聖經教導對這些主題實際的關聯和應用。無論語言和文化如何,以下是簡要總覽聖經對21世紀工商職場的教導。對於我們當中的一些人,這也許是新的信息,而對其他人來說,這會是一個很有幫助的提醒:

我們所在的職場是為了事奉上帝。通常我們會從老闆、客戶或公司利益相關者的期望角度,來看待我們的工作。當然我們必須考慮這些方面,而聖經告訴我們,我們有一個更崇高的使命:「無論做什麼,都要從心裡做,像是給主做的,不是給人做的,因你們知道從主那裡必得著基業為賞賜;你們所事奉的乃是主基督。」(歌羅西書3章23-24節)

我們被呼召與上帝一起完成我們的工作。當有時候我們會想知道上帝到底在這個世界上在做什麼時,聖經提醒我們,我們被呼召是為了獻上我們的時間、才能、經驗和專業知識,參與祂正在進行的工作中:「因為我們是與神同工的;你們是神所耕種的田地,所建造的房屋。」(哥林多前書3章9節)

我們有責任在工作中代表上帝的形象。就像有人可以在其他國家代表自己的國家,成為大使一樣,我們也同樣被呼召,成為上帝天國的大使。「所以,我們作基督的使者,就好像神藉我們勸你們一般。我們替基督求你們與神和好。」(哥林多後書5章20節)

我們反映出上帝在我們生命中所帶來的改變。如果上帝正在轉化我們的生命,這種轉化,應該會由我們的態度和行為中體現出來。我們應以誠實、卓越、愛心、喜樂、耐心、善良和自律的品格,讓人認出來,反映所有上帝的眾多屬性:「行為正直的,有公義保守;犯罪的,被邪惡傾覆。」(箴言13章6節)

挑戰思考

無論我們在哪種環境中工作和生活,活出對耶穌基督的信仰都是具有挑戰的。擁有一位或多位,有相同信仰的朋友,可以在我們需要時給予支持、鼓勵,甚至糾正,這都是非常有幫助的。箴言27章17節說:「鐵磨鐵,磨出刃來;朋友相感(原文作磨朋友的臉)也是如此。」這週請為自己找到那位(或多位)而禱告吧。如果你已經有這樣關係的朋友,思考如何更有效地使用他們,幫助你成為「基督的大使」。

備註:如果你有聖經,想閱讀更多相關的內容,請參考以下的經文(因篇幅有限,請自行參閱未列出的經文:箴言4:23、13:9)

箴言1章7節
1:7 敬畏耶和華是知識的開端;愚妄人藐視智慧和訓誨。
箴言6章20-23節
6:20 我兒,要謹守你父親的誡命;不可離棄你母親的法則(或作:指教),
6:21要常繫在你心上,掛在你項上。
6:22你行走,他必引導你;你躺臥,他必保守你;你睡醒,他必與你談論。
6:23因為誡命是燈,法則(或作:指教)是光,訓誨的責備是生命的道,
箴言14章16節
14:16 智慧人懼怕,就遠離惡事;愚妄人卻狂傲自恃。
箴言16章3節
16:3你所做的,要交託耶和華,你所謀的,就必成立。
箴言21章2、5節
21:2人所行的,在自己眼中都看為正;惟有耶和華衡量人心。
21:5殷勤籌劃的,足致豐裕;行事急躁的,都必缺乏。
箴言22章4、29節
22:4敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。
22:29你看見辦事殷勤的人嗎?他必站在君王面前,必不站在下賤人面前。
箴言25章13節
25:13忠信的使者叫差他的人心裡舒暢,就如在收割時有冰雪的涼氣。

反省問題討論

  1. 你已經讀「週一嗎哪」多久了呢?它對你的生命產生了什麼影響?它是否有影響你在職場中,成為更忠心於上帝的僕人呢?
  2. 我們每週所提出職場靈修「週一嗎哪」的教導和原則,與你在21世紀職場中經常看到一直存在的原則相比,有哪些不同?請解釋你的答案。
  3. 對你而言,學習或思考到,你被放在目前的工作,是為了事奉上帝,這意味著什麼呢?你相信這是真實的嗎?請解釋你的答案。
  4. 在馬太福音第五章,耶穌告訴祂的門徒,他們是「世上的光」「世上的鹽」。以你的觀點,那是什麼意思呢?在我們每天工作職位和責任上,應該如何體現出來呢?


GOD’S MESSAGE FOR THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE

By Robert J. Tamasy

More than 26 years ago Tim Philpot, serving as President of CBMC International at the time, conceived the idea for a weekly workplace meditation called “Monday Manna.” Initially it was sent by fax, going out every Monday morning to anyone who requested it, with the goal of encouraging, challenging and inspiring readers to view their roles and responsibilities in the marketplace from a biblical perspective.

Since then, Monday Manna’s impact has grown exponentially. It has benefited from technological advances, now being distributed around the globe primarily by email, as well as being available on CBMC International’s website, www.cbmcint.org. Thanks to faithful and dedicated efforts of volunteer translators around the world, Monday Manna can now be read in more than 20 languages and dozens of countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Starting a new calendar, we hope usage of Monday Manna will continue to grow, serving as a weekly reminder of what it means to be “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14) in the global marketplace. We could say the mission of Monday Manna is summarized by Psalm 96:3 which says, “publish His glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does.”

Over the next 12 months we plan to continue addressing real-life, everyday issues in the business and professional world, showing the practical relevance and application of the Bible’s teachings for those topics. Here is a brief overview of what the Scriptures tell us about work in the 21st century marketplace, regardless of language and culture. For some of us, this will be new information, but for others it will serve as a helpful reminder:

We are placed where we are to serve God. We typically view our work from the perspective of what our bosses expect, or our customers, or the stakeholders in our company. We must consider them, but the Bible says we have an even higher calling: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24).

We are called to do our work in concert with God. When we find ourselves sometimes wondering what God is doing in the world, the Scriptures remind us that we are called to offer our time, talents, experience, and expertise to participate in the things He is doing. “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God field, God’s building” (1 Corinthians 3:9).

We are responsible for representing God where we work. Just as someone can represent his or her country as an ambassador to another nation, we too are called to be ambassadors – for God. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

We are to reflect the difference God is making in our lives. If God is transforming our lives, that should be reflected outwardly by both our attitudes and actions. We should be known as people of honesty, excellence, love, joy, patience, kindness, and self-control, all among God’s many attributes “Righteousness guards the [person] of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner” (Proverbs 13:6).

Reflection/Discussion Questions

  1. How long have you been reading Monday Manna? What impact has it had in your life? Has it influenced you to try to be more faithful as a servant for God in the workplace?
  2. In what ways would you contrast or differentiate the teachings and principles presented in this weekly workplace meditation we call Monday Manna with the principles and practices you see observed on a consistent basis in the marketplace of the 21st century?
  3. What does it mean to you to learn or consider that you have been placed in the job you have at this moment to serve God? Do you even believe this is true? Why or why not?
  4. In Matthew 5, Jesus Christ told His followers they are “the light of the world” and “the salt of the earth.” In your view, what does that mean – what should that look like – as we carry out our daily workplace roles and responsibilities?

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages from the Old Testament book of Proverbs: Proverbs 1:7, 4:23, 6:20-23, 13:9, 14:16, 16:3, 21:2,5, 22:4,29, 25:13

Challenge

Living out one’s faith in Jesus Christ is challenging regardless of what environment we work in and live. It helps to have one or more like-minded people with whom we can find support, encouragement, and when needed, correction. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” This week, pray about who that person (or persons) could be for you. If you already have such a relationship, consider how to utilize it even more effectively as “Christ’s ambassadors.”



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