Declare Your Independence
Galatians 5:1 (KJV): “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
COMMENTARY: As Paul went on his missionary journeys and returned to visit the churches he had helped to plant, he was astounded by Christians who had been set free by trusting Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit, only to gradually go back into emotional, mental, physical, financial, political and spiritual bondage.
APPLICATION: Perhaps today is the day for you to finally declare your independence from the world’s way of doing business once and for all:
1) As a Christian, I AM FREE to do my job with love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
2) As a Christian, I AM FREE to abide in God’s call as a “minister in the marketplace.” I have the liberty to be a Godly employer or employee in word and in deed.
3) As a Christian, I AM FREE from being manipulated by other people including customers, bosses, employees and suppliers. I am free from manipulating others. I have the liberty to build win-win relationships.
4) As a Christian, I AM FREE of covetousness. I have the liberty to lay up my treasures in heaven instead of here on earth. I am free from jealousy over my peer’s power, positions and possessions. I am free to avoid debt, to pay my taxes, to compensate people fairly and on-time, and to avoid the accumulation of material goods that have no eternal value.
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Malachi 3:8-12 (KJV)，read Both Sin and Hope Remain Present in Work (Malachi 1:1-4:6) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.