Strengthen Your Brothers

By: David Niswonger

Luke 22:31-32

Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.

 

The workplace, as the whole world, is a battleground of good and evil forces, principalities and powers. Our office experienced a serious breakdown of relationships caused by mistrust, improper assumptions and misunderstandings, fueled by gossip. This resulted in loud emotional outbursts and confrontations. Relationships have been damaged, if not destroyed. Satan got the upper hand in the battle.

The seriousness of the situation caused an HR team to be brought in to mediate, resulting in the decision that our team should form a separate office. I was caught off guard and blindsided by this turn of events.

This experience has led me to pray more fervently for my coworkers, focusing on the healing of relationships, and has also thrust me into a leadership role as manager and principal of this new office. For a career on the sales and marketing side of the business, this new management responsibility has stretched me out of my comfort zone.

Over several weeks, I have come to see that God is calling me to greater responsibility for those in my charge, to be vigilant in forming and discerning their relating with one another, monitoring their interaction for signs of stress, as well as accomplishing excellent work on behalf of our clients.

Some days I am worried and anxious about implementing this change, from finding new office space and hiring new team members to transitioning our clients in the least disruptive manner, things I have not had to do before. Then the Lord reminds me that this is his work, and he is calling me to serve. I lay my concerns and tasks at his feet, and say, “Yes, Lord, I will follow. I will strengthen my brothers.”

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: What areas of conflict or poor relating exist in your workplace or elsewhere? Pray about how the Lord may be calling you to act.