Attributes of a Workplace Witness, Part II
- Thursday, September 25, 2008
“The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon's Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people” (Acts 5:12).
The fourth attribute of the workplace witness is signs and wonders. The early church made a huge impact on society not because of their knowledge, ethics, or service alone, but they ultimately transformed society through the power of God. Jesus gave his workplace apostles anointing that allowed them to perform miraculous signs. Jesus said greater works than these will you do as a follower of Jesus. However, most Christians in the workplace today do not realize God desires to reveal Himself in miraculous ways in their workplaces.
God is raising up a new kind of workplace believer who is experiencing the power of God in their daily work life. I have been privileged to walk alongside many of these wonderful workplace Christians. One of these is Emeka Nywankpa, who was a barrister in Nigeria. I asked Emeka to speak at a conference a few years ago on the subject of how the spiritual impacts the physical.
He shared a story when he was arguing a Supreme Court case in his country. He was to argue five points in his case. He came to court one day and prayed with his wife and juniors in chambers. During his prayer time the Holy Spirit spoke to him and said, “Do not argue point one through four, only argue point five.” Emeka hears the Lord’s voice so he immediately obeyed.
He came before the judge to change his plea. The judge was shocked but gave him permission to proceed. He proceeded and sat down. The other attorney got up and could not get a word out for twelve minutes. He stumbled around trying to get his words out. Then, he approached the bench and said, “Your Lordship it is unfortunate my friend has not prepared for one through four. I wish to yield the case.” The other attorney had not prepared for point five, only one through four. Emeka won the case.
You see, God gave Emeka a strategy to win his case supernaturally through obedience. It made no sense to him, but he obeyed and God gave him victory through a very unusual way.
"Speak to the books"
"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. (Mark 11:22-24).
When I published my first book I was required to order 1,000 books. After a few months we had sold only a few books a week. We had no real distribution system yet. We were concerned. I felt the Lord prompting me that we were to do something in faith. I told Angie I felt we should go down to the basement and speak to the books to “leave our basement”. We laid our hands on the boxes of books and proclaimed that these books leave our basement. Believe me, we felt very foolish. However, we felt we did this out of obedience.
A few hours later I received a phone call from a ministry in Dallas, Texas who ordered 300 books from us. We had never had more than 3 or 4 books a week sold since we had received them. The Lord built our faith through this experience that we could experience Him in greater levels than we had ever experienced Him.
“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power” (1 Cor 2:4-5).
Paul understood that it was not knowledge that would change the world; it is the power of God working through believers. You and I need to move at this dimension if we are going to transform the workplace.
God has called you to do your work with excellence, integrity, service, signs and wonders. So, I believe these are the four key attributes that Christians in the workplace must begin to exemplify if we are going to see our workplaces and our cities transformed.
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