You are a virus

“SLAVES, OBEY YOUR EARTHLY MASTERS IN EVERYTHING; AND DO IT, NOT ONLY WHEN THEIR EYE IS ON YOU AND TO CURRY THEIR FAVOR, BUT WITH SINCERITY OF HEART AND REVERENCE FOR THE LORD. WHATEVER YOU DO, WORK AT IT WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AS WORKING FOR THE LORD, NOT FOR HUMAN MASTERS, SINCE YOU KNOW THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE AN INHERITANCE FROM THE LORD AS A REWARD. IT IS THE LORD CHRIST YOU ARE SERVING.” - COLOSSIANS 3: 22-24


Every day we go to work with faith. Let me explain what I mean by this. We go to work with expectations. We expect a parking space if we arrive early, we expect a certain workload, we are expected to produce a lot and we can expect not much to have changed overnight in terms of the dysfunctions of the organization we carried home with us and thought about on the commute home the night before.
The same idiot co-worker continues to pile on more work for us due to his/her inefficient ways.
The same creeper continues to ask to have a lunch "meeting" to discuss year-end goals.
And we expect the boss to be clueless as usual, likely to overlook the great potential and problem solver we  already know ourselves to be!

This is what I mean by we go to work with faith (expectations).  

A LEADER IS A PERSON WHO MUST TAKE SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT’S GOING ON INSIDE HIM/HER, INSIDE HIS/HER CONSCIOUSNESS, LEST THE ACT OF LEADERSHIP CREATE MORE HARM THAN GOOD.
— PARKER PALMER
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I recently saw a documentary where scientists and doctors were using viruses that used to kill people to now cure people of... cancer. Yes, cancer. That's a whole other blog post. Freaking amazing. But back to my point, these amazing doctors are re-engineering these viruses and injecting them into cancer patients with the expectation that what once hurt and killed people can now be genetically altered to heal and transform people. Once inside the patient, these once harmful viruses do what they've always done - eat, grow, produce, multiply. But instead of eating the "health" away from the patient, as viruses usually do, they have been reprogramed to detect, hunger for, and feed off of cancer. Eating cancer then strengthens them, allowing them to multiply, grow until all of it (cancer) is eaten (destroyed) leaving the patient healthy and cancer free. 

I remember hearing Richard Stearns (World Vision) speaking live at a conference in LA. In his talk, Richard Stearns introduced a new imagery that helped us see what we Christians could potentially be in our culture (i.e. like our places of work). He asked us to imagine ourselves as viruses, "good" viruses that "infect" our world for good. That we are called to transform, not just blend in. 

So, back to work and expectations. What if we went into work with a reprogrammed faith and with it new goals and new expectations? What if we let God re-engineer our hearts and minds so that we infect change. You see, these viruses I spoke of earlier all possessed unique and powerful qualities that left to itself had the potential to harm. But the same virus that could harm also has the same potential to heal and bring about change. All it needed was a new "code" of conduct (we Christians call this a new "heart"). 

Do something with me, as you head into work every day, develop new expectations (faith in what you're called to do), and pray this prayer with me, "create in me a clean heart, re-engineer me Lord, let me see this place as a place of worship, for it is you that I am serving here. Help me to infect change and growth rather than inflict pain and spread apathy. Re-engineer my faith Lord. Make me a good virus today. This I pray in Jesus' name, Amen." 

See you at work.

 Pastor Ken from Evergreen Church. 

Pastor Ken from Evergreen Church. 

I've uploaded a clip from Dr. Ken Fong's podcast. I think it's really relevant to what we've been discussing here so far. (Subscribe to Ken Fong's Asian America)