August 30, 2016 – Tuesday
Romans 14:1; 15:1-2 [NIV] Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters… We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Look around your workplace. I bet you find someone who is weak. It could be he who is weak in skills – forgetting how to fix the copier when jammed or how to log-on correctly to the shared drive. It could be she whose weakness centers on integrity – not working when the boss is out of the room. It could be both of them who bend all the rules – taking an extra 10 minutes on a break or an extra 30 minutes at lunch. I know, he depends upon others to get through the day. And she is the reason there are so many rules. And both need everyone to keep them under the radar.
Do you know coworkers like them?
So how do you work with such weak people? Scripture is pretty clear. You work in peace with him. You encourage her in the faith. As a Christian public servant, you must bear both their failings — the failings of the weak. After all, you are not at work to please yourself – not if you really are a Christian public servant!
So carry to work the spiritual tools of peace and encouragement in the faith.
And use both throughout this workday to build him up – he (or she) who is weak.
Father God, give me confidence in the Holy Spirit’s ability to deal with the weak at my workplace. My task is not to quarrel. My task is not even to judge. No. Give me strength to build him up – he (or she) who is weak. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.
Chaplain Chris Summers
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA