The other day I was reading the Bible, and I saw something I hadn’t seen before. It took my breath away and I had no choice but to bow at its implications. I share it with you because it applies to the workplace.
The passage was John 18, which says that Jesus had been praying with some of his disciples. Then Judas, who had separated himself from Jesus, led a group to where Jesus was.
In Judas’ group were Roman soldiers, Jewish chief priests, and other Jewish leaders called Pharisees. With torches, lanterns, and weapons, they came to arrest Jesus.
But then something extraordinary happened.
Jesus asked them, “Who is it you want?”
They replied, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
“I am he,” Jesus answered.
But then, here’s what happened, which is the part I had missed before.
When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. All of them—the tough Roman soldiers (The Muscle), the Jewish chief priests (The Religious), and the Pharisees (The Political) were all brought to their knees when Jesus identified himself.
You would think they would have paused at their assignment of arresting Jesus of Nazareth.
You would think they would have stopped and asked, “What just happened?” and maybe take a reprieve on capturing this Jesus. Perhaps it was time to regroup.
But they didn’t. They arrested Jesus and bound him and the rest is history.
So what does this have to do with the workplace?
1. Jesus is the head of your workplace whether He is acknowledged or not. Colossians 1:16-18 says that in Christ all things were created, all things are held together, and all things are held below him. Why?
In order that Christ may have the supremacy. Webster’s defines supreme as, “highest in rank or authority.”
This means that at your workplace, there ain’t one higher than Jesus. Jesus is the true head, the chief boss.
So whether or not Jesus is treated as the head, he’s still the head. Whether or not Jesus has a corner office with his name on the door, he is still the boss.
Jesus is the one who obeyed perfectly, the one who triumphed completely, the one who reigns supremely. Who else can say that at your work?
2. As much as you are capable at your workplace, you can work with Jesus or you can work against him. Since Jesus is the boss of your workplace, he has a purpose for your workplace.
It is an arrogant mistake to think the workplace runs at the will of the stockholders or Board of Directors or CEO or the C-suite or citizens or taxpayers.
All things were created by Jesus and are sustained by Jesus. Your workplace runs at the will of the King of Kings.
So does your individual job.
Jesus has a purpose for you at your workplace. So as much as you are capable, whether you’re a high level decision maker or a low level employee—you can work with Jesus.
Ask him for his purposes. Seek to understand what Jesus wants to do. Set your vision on what Jesus sees. Be silent before him just to listen.
3. Interpret for others when Jesus reveals himself. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to know Jesus had revealed himself.
Through word, Jesus identified himself: “I am he.” And through deed, his identity was confirmed: they fell to the ground.
But despite their physical reaction to the revelation of Jesus, they still didn’t change course. They went about their agenda.
But listen, Jesus is at your workplace, he has a purpose there, and he is looking to reveal himself. Will you help to interpret when he does?
The world will not know what to do when Jesus reveals himself. They may feel the shaking, they may feel the quaking, they may even fall to the ground.
But unless someone stands up and explains what is happening – the King of Kings, the Chief Boss, the True Head is making himself known – they will go on with their day and not look back until it is too late.
Jesus has you at your workplace for such a time as this. So honor him as the head, work for his purposes, and watch for when he reveals himself. Who is it your workplace needs?
Jesus of Nazareth, the King of Kings.