By Tim Rowland
Recently a new CIC member was asking how, in a practical way, to live out our mission. (“To encourage and equip Christians to be God’s presence in the workplace by the power of the Holy Spirit, exercising faith, integrity and excellence.”) He confessed to feeling ill-equipped and overwhelmed by the thought. I told him I could relate, but that such feelings and thoughts were not from the Lord.
Our core scripture in Christians in Commerce is Galatians 2:20 – I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. By being born again in Jesus Christ, we are equipped with the presence of the Holy Spirit and his power, totally and completely. This is a fact.
Knowing we have the full and complete power of the Holy Spirit to use towards building the Kingdom of God, especially in the workplace, should be encouraging. But, as this new member asked, how do we do this?
The short answer is, we do it in the name of Jesus.
I suggested to him a very simple and effective method I use to claim my workplace as his holy ground.
A couple of times a year (usually on a Sunday when no one is around) I walk through the office, Bible in hand, praying and invoking the name of Jesus. My office is about 2,700 square feet, but the same may be done in a small office or a large corporate campus. I pray over every seat, the kitchen, the store room, the computer room and, of course, the reception area. I rebuke anything that is not of the Lord, in the name of Jesus.
While I am at it, I pray for every employee and all of our clients and vendors. I claim my office and each workspace as holy ground so that Jesus will reign and be glorified by our words and actions.
We have many people visiting our office each day. While I know many of them, some very well, I don’t know what beliefs and practices they bring with them, be they of the occult or other anti-Christian philosophies. Regardless, I believe holy ground is to be claimed and not taken for granted. There is a very real battle going on all around us between good and evil.
Based upon my experience the fruits of holy ground actively claimed by faith are integrity and excellence.
During my conversation with the new member, another member asked about claiming our homes. I suggested the same is true for where we live. Our homes should be holy ground where God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are welcomed and reign supreme.
One of the core values of CIC is “Growing and being transformed in Jesus Christ”. These new members are learning that CIC is a safe place in which to learn how to be transformed in Jesus and utilize the power of the Holy Spirit with confidence.
The power of the Holy Spirit is available to all who ask for it and use it for his glory in conformity with Holy Scripture.
What place comes to your mind that should be claimed, through prayer, as holy ground? I know the Kingdom of God will grow as you claim holy ground for his glory, and so will you, a beloved son or daughter of the Most High.