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豐厚的利潤與大使命

By: Robert J. Tamasy

如果有人問你為什麼要工作?你會怎麼回答?這個問題可能有很多答案:為了付賬單、為了要賺足夠的錢維持自己想要的生活方式、想要一個有價值的職場生活或是有一個可以表現自己技能、專長和興趣的舞台。也有人會開玩笑說:「工作只是為了要把週末和假期之間的空白填滿。」

對做銷售的人來說,他們工作最主要的動機就是因為佣金。賣的越多,就賺得越多。但是你想過追求另外一種形式的利潤嗎?就是在職場上服事耶穌嗎?

耶 穌在升天之前,他給了使徒「大使命」-「所以,你們要去,使萬民作我的門徒,奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗 ( – 或譯:給他們施洗,歸於父、子、聖靈的名)。凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守,我就常與你們同在,直到世界的末了。」(馬太福音28章19-20節)。 非常明顯的,這裡的comission(大使命)和銷售裡的comission(佣金)是完全不相同的,跟錢一點關係也沒有。但是,某方面來說,大使命比 一個人所能賺取最高額的佣金更有價值。

大使命和職場有什麼關係?這是一個很重要的問題。事實上,這個問題的答案跟「為什麼我們要工作」 的 答案是一樣的。賺錢和從工作當中得到成就感很重要,但是聖經告訴我們:「無論做什麼,或說話或行事,都要奉主耶穌的名,藉箋他感謝父上帝。」(歌羅西書3 章17節) 如果我們稱自己相信耶穌也跟隨祂,我們工作的目的也是要事奉祂和服事人。

要參與這個大使命其中一種方式就是「造就門徒」, 也 就是投資在別人身上,幫助他們明白聖經, 使他們瞭解聖經如何和個人的職場和個人生活做連結,增加他們的信心,以致他們也能夠傳遞聖經的教導給別人。今天有很多人都說他們相信耶穌,但是他們的生活 方式卻背道而馳。職場「造就門徒」的一部分就是教導和示範:靠著耶穌的名,我們知道如何能在職場活出聖經的教導。

成為服事的模範 。有人說:「我寧願看講道,而不是聽講道。」我們要努力應用聖經的原則,來遵行神的命令和堅持神的標準,做別人的榜樣。「你們在我身上所學習的,所領受的,所聽見的,所看見的,這些事你們都要去行,賜平安的上帝就必與你們同在。」(腓立比書4章9節)

成 為神的大使。在這個世界,大使的工作就是代表一個國家出使到另一個完全不同的國家。當耶穌基督的門徒,雖然我們常常信心不足,但我們被指示要代表祂在這一 個完全不一樣的環境中。「所以,我們作基督的使者,就好像上帝藉我們勸你們一般。我們替基督求你們與上帝和好 」(哥林多後書 5章20節)。

把 光明帶進黑暗裡。 在一個不法、錯誤和道德低落猖獗的世代,努力事奉神,堅持遵守祂的命令讓我們跟週遭的人不同,我們會成為一股正面的影響力。「凡所行的,都不要發怨言,起 爭論,使你們無可指摘,誠實無偽,在這彎曲悖謬的世代作上帝無瑕疵的兒女。你們顯在這世代中,好像明光照耀,」(腓立比書2章14-15節)。

勞勃.泰默西是領袖資產協會的傳播部副部長,這是一個總部在美國喬治亞州亞特蘭大的非營利組織。

省思/討論題目
你覺得自己為何每天都要工作? 你贊成參與耶穌基督的「大使命」是我們追求職場成功真正的動機嗎?分享你的答案。 對於屬靈的信心,你的看法是什麼?你認為跟隨耶穌是一種「宗教」和我們的生活、工作、行為都不相關嗎? 如果你贊同耶穌托付我們「去使萬民做我的門徒」也能應用在商場和職場,在自己的職位和責任上我們要如何努力去完成這個使命?
備註: 如果你手上有聖經想要閱讀更多關於這個主題的經文,請參考:以弗所書 2章10節、4章17-18節、5章8-11節;歌羅西書3章23-24節;提摩太后書2章2節、 3章16-17節

GREAT COMMISSIONS…AND THE GREAT COMMISSION
By Robert J. Tamasy

If someone were to ask why you go to work, how would you respond? There are many possible answers to that question: To earn a living and pay bills. To earn enough money to support one』s desired lifestyle. To build a rewarding career. To find expression for one』s skills, expertise and interests. Some might sarcastically reply, 「To fill in the time between weekends, holidays and vacations.」

For people in sales, one of their primary motivations at work is to receive greater commissions. The more they sell, the more money they can make. But have you ever considered a different type of commission to pursue – at least for those who serve Jesus Christ in the workplace?

Just before leaving His followers and ascending to heaven, Jesus gave what is commonly referred to as His 「Great Commission」: 「Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you…」 (Matthew 28:19-20). Without question, this is very unlike any sales commission – it involves no monetary exchange. However, in some ways, it is far more valuable than the highest commission one could ever earn in selling products and services.

What does this have to do with the workplace? That is a valid question. In reality, it provides a very meaningful answer to the question of why we go to work. Because although earning income and finding fulfillment in our vocations are important, the Bible states, 「And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus」 (Colossians 3:17). So for those of us who profess to believe in Him and follow Him, we have been placed in our respective workplaces to serve Him and others.

One way is to participate in His commission to 「make disciples,」 which means to invest in others, helping them to understand what the Bible says, how it relates to the marketplace as well as one』s personal life, and how to grow in their faith so they can pass it along to other people. Today there are many who would say they believe in Jesus Christ, but their lives would suggest that they do not. Part of 「making disciples」 in the workplace is teaching and demonstrating how to 「do it all in the name of the Lord.」 Here are some other things the Bible says about being a disciple of Jesus Christ in the business and professional world:

Serving as an example. Someone has said, 「I would rather see a sermon than hear one any day.」 As we strive to apply biblical principles and uphold God』s commands and standards, we model for others what that should look like. 「Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice」 (Philippians 4:9).

Being His ambassadors. Just as ambassadors from one nation serve as its representatives in foreign lands, as disciples of Christ we are instructed to represent Him in a 「foreign」 environment where matters of faith are often discounted. 「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).

Bringing light into the darkness. In a time when illegal, immoral and unethical behaviors and practices seem rampant, striving to serve God and uphold His commandments can separate us from many of our peers in a positive way. 「Do everything without complaining or arguing, …children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe」 (Philippians 2:14-15).

c 2016. Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Reflection/Discussion Questions
Why do you go to work each day? Do you think participating in Jesus』 「Great Commission」 is a genuine motivation for pursuing a career and success in the marketplace? Why or why not? How would you respond to someone who argued that matters of spiritual faith – including following Jesus Christ – are 「religious」 matters and should have no bearing on how we live, work and conduct ourselves in the workplace? If you agree that Jesus』 mandate to 「go and make disciples」 can and should apply to the business and professional world, how should we strive to do that while also fulfilling our specific roles and responsibilities to the companies and organizations where we work?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Ephesians 2:10, 4:17-18, 5:8-11; Colossians 3:23-24; 2 Timothy 2:2, 3:16-1

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