Walking In the Spirit at Work

Aug.24.2017 Business Resources

Applying the Principle
This brings us to the point of asking, “How then do we do it? How do we walk in the
Spirit?” We won’t pretend to give a comprehensive answer in this short segment, but
let’s consider seven basic thoughts:

(1) The “walk” in the Spirit is a very short walk, about 6 inches, the approximate distance
between our ears. It is a battle fought in our thought life. Our actions are born in
our minds. Continuing thoughts eventually become actions, and these actions
comprise our walk.

(2) To walk in the Spirit we must learn to let Him make the choices of what thoughts we
allow to continue. And in order to let Him choose we must learn to “take captive
every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2Cor 10:5). Every thought? Yes,
every thought. How can we say this? Look back to Romans 8:5. It says that those
who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh but those
who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Setting
our minds is something we must choose to do, not something God or anyone else
does for us. Does this mean that a mind set on the things of the Spirit will never be
tempted toward the things of the flesh? Not at all. In fact, that is where the war is
fought. We prayerfully set our minds on the things of the Spirit, then the flesh and
the devil try to get us to change them. They succeed when we deviate from God’s
way. The Spirit works to get us back on track. While walking on the right path, the
Spirit encourages us to press ahead and finish strong.

(3) The first step is to set our minds. A mindset is also referred to as a ‘paradigm’ or
worldview. As Christians, we’re called to a Biblical worldview. In Romans 12:2, Paul
tells us, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind.” There are three popular paradigms evident in the
Body of Christ regarding walking in the Spirit at work: 
The paradigm that you’re holding right now determines your walk in the marketplace.
If you hold the second paradigm, believing that what happens at work isn’t part
of your ‘spiritual’ life, you’re probably angry at the moment, and your walk in the
marketplace is indistinguishable from that of any reasonably honest and reliable
non-believer. If you hold the third paradigm and believe that some things are
sacred, while others are secular, you’re likely to be frustrated, double-minded (i.e.,
spiritually hot and cold), and exhibiting a walk that’s confusing to those who observe
you. You’re probably struggling with being overcommitted and under-satisfied.
If you hold the first paradigm, you’re fully engaged in the battle, probably feel an
inner sense of confirmation and encouragement, and your walk impacts lives in the
marketplace. You are growing more and more consistent and are seeing more and
more proof of God’s activity through your life. It’s possible, perhaps likely, that you’re transitioning between paradigms. Hopefully you are moving toward paradigm one. As we pursue lives of learning and
continuous revelation in God, His indwelling Spirit constantly urges us toward
total submission and dependence on Him. We are never locked in a paradigm
unless we choose to be. He allows this to be our choice, not His.

Let’s sum up this point by letting Jesus be our benchmark for comparison. What
do you think His paradigm was as He walked this Earth? Do you imagine that He
thought some things were too insignificant for His Father to be interested in? If
so, where is this list and why didn’t He tell us about it?

(4) Once your mind is set, use the same standards to judge your business “walk”
that you use everywhere else. If you’re trying your best to submit to God’s
Word in your church activities and decisions, do no less at the office. If you’re
seriously trying to learn to hear the voice of the Spirit in raising your children,
do the same in managing your employees. If you believe that it’s important to
witness to your family, friends, and neighbors, make it so with your customers,
employees, and suppliers. Be consistent. Don’t even attempt to live out of two
value systems at the same time. It won’t work and if you get caught trying, you’ll
be viewed as a hypocrite and become a stumbling block to others.

(5) Before you ever get to the office, set your mind on the Spirit by specifically asking
Him to run your day and give you His insight and direction on every issue and
person you touch as you experience the day. Ask Him to give you the ability to
hear Him and be willing to let Him ‘interrupt’ you. Plead for eternal perspective
regarding the events of your day. Pray the Lord’s Prayer to get started, thinking
about the words as they specifically apply to the business day. This includes
those things you know you will face as well as others you are unaware of that
He might have planned. For instance, “Thy Kingdom come and Thy will be done
on earth, in the staff meeting I will lead, on the sales call I will make, during the
employee review I’ll do… as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread as
we strive for excellence in customer service and favor from those we serve. Lead
us not into temptation to trust in our assets and the new product success, and
deliver me from the evil one and his lies about what others may think of me.” Fill
in the blanks as they apply to each specific day. Do this at home before you leave
(hopefully as a part of your daily quiet time), in your car on the way to the office
(less effective, but better than nothing), or as you sit at your desk before you take
up the first paper or answer the first phone message (note: such procrastination
is risky in that there is too great a chance to be distracted). You all know which
method C12 recommends!

(6) If you have associates that share your concerns, try to meet with them through
the day, even for very brief moments, to talk with them about the things God is
dealing with in the business. Ask for prayer and pray for them. If you have no
one, try to stop yourself, even just mentally, and talk to God. He’s always there
and He always has time.

(7) When laying your head on the pillow each night, ask God to show you how the
day went from His perspective. Review your highs and lows with Him. Accept
His pleasure in the good things and request His forgiveness when you’ve “muffed it.”

End each day ‘clean’ with Him so you may view tomorrow with great clarity,hope, and purpose.