If we, as born-again Christians, are walking in the Spirit, are in the place where God wants us to be, and have our spiritual eyes and ears open, then the Holy Spirit can lead us into “all truth” (Jn 16:13) in any environment…at our widely differing secular workplaces, in our homes and social lives, and in our unique and singular Christian ministries.
The Holy Spirit can divide and separate out for us the subtle and nuanced differences between right and wrong, between good and evil, and between best practices and poor practices in every imaginable environment.
When translated into spiritual and moral application…when we take personal ownership of divinely inspired moral strategies for life through the discovery and practical use of truths regarding the knowledge of good and evil…this will set us free for all eternity according to the scriptures (Jn 8:32-36).
The concept of the Holy Spirit leading us into all truth…with our feet firmly grounded in reality through the most rational of divinely guided, down-to-earth, real-life events and circumstances…is a central motive force within every narrative story of faith recorded in the Bible…and every contemporary Christian adventure of faith today.
It is one of the components in a biblical walk of faith that authenticates the God of the Bible as the one, true, living God intimately at work in our present broken world, on a one-to-one, personal basis (Jer. 31:31-34).
It is the concrete, rational element to our supernatural relationship with Jesus Christ that connects God to people through the authority of lived-experience.
The Holy Spirit leading people into all truth is above and beyond anything we could invent or procure on our own, which the skeptical world of unbelief looking on in ignorance from a safe distance labels as “subjective” and “relative.”
What I learned over time through the experience of trying to reform this company’s field operations…opened up for me a better understanding of a common theme regarding discipleship shared by all of the people of faith recorded in the Bible.
What these construction company owners were unknowingly saying and thus not clearly articulating was: “create for us the new, required management control tools, for our expanded business operations, so we can take them over and implement them ourselves in a way that does not interfere with our current established routines.”
What was never openly considered or plainly spoken during my initial job interview, or during several subsequent strategy meetings over time…and thus difficult to uncover until using after-the-fact hindsight much later…was that subconsciously the construction company owners never intended to delegate power, broaden authority, or give up control.
Absent a definitive business plan for growth upfront, spelling out in detail specific areas needing change from top to bottom including their own routines and practices, they were then free to assume that the current status quo power structure would continue to be “more of the same” but on a bigger scale.
This is where the narrative stories of faith recorded in the Bible shed much needed light on our individual callings as Spirit-led Christians today.