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The Christian Professional

Communities often ask, what difference does it make for one to be a Christian at work. How does Christian faith affect a professional at his or her line of work?
There are different opinions to this seemingly simple question, but just like any other paradox in life, the real answer of how Christian faith influences work is found in the bible. In Colossians 3:23–24, Paul wrote to the city of Colossae, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
The first interesting observation is how the master-slave relationship was depicted in the book of Colossians. Colossae is within the region of seven churches, where members had incorporated pagan elements into their worship. Through his letters, Paul declared and re-iterated Christ’s supremacy, to encourage Christians in upholding godly living.
This brings us back to the phrase…

Belajar Jujur dengan Hatimu Sendiri

“Betapa liciknya hati, lebih licik dari pada segala sesuatu, hatinya sudah membatu: siapakah yang dapat mengetahuinya? Aku, TUHAN, yang menyelidiki hati, yang menguji batin, untuk memberi balasan kepada setiap orang setimpal dengan tingkah langkahnya, setimpal dengan hasil perbuatannya.” —Yeremia 17:9-10

Aneh sekali kalau Alkitab berkata: “Betapa menipunya hati...”
Lalu siapa yang ditipu?
Tentu yang ditipu adalah diri sendiri.
Betapa tidak, kita sering mencoba bahagia, sementara hati seperti diiris. Kita mencoba tampil bebas, sementara hati begitu terbebani.
Belum lagi dengan semua luka, yang kita anggap tidak ada.
Tapi pada kenyataannya luka itu terus menganga, dan begitu mempengaruhi cara bicara dan tindakan kita.
Lihat juga hati yang merasa tertolak, betapa sering itu tak dirasa, padahal luka itu ada.
Dan yang bisa terus mencoba menutupinya dengan begitu banyak kata dan tindakan yang justru melukai orang lain.
Rasa iri, persaingan, kebencian, dendam, amarah, tertolak, direndahkan, dib…