During the 1890s, Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov was looking at salivation in dogs in response to being fed when he noticed that his dogs would begin to salivate whenever he entered the room, even when he was not bringing them food. Many leaders of our churches salivate when a new member with lots of money joins the church, when they are given gifts and praised. However, that is not what disturbs me for the person who shows true signs of Pavlov’s dogs are those who exhibit salivation when their “master” walks in the room.
We are not talking about God but the one who it otherwise known as line manager, superior, boss, governor, etc. When these people are around, the otherwise known as employee, slave, caretaker, etc. are the ones whose belief is to expect (with cap in hand). When the master is not around they behave and show no signs of apathy but when their giver of life arrives they are able to do the impossible. Even if it means climbing the highest mountain or swimming the deepest lake. For God cannot be compared to the master who pays them a salary.
They do not understand that God is their master, sustainer of all life and provider for their sustenance. Instead they are dependent upon other mortal beings. When Christians lose perspective of who their true sustainer is, they also lose faith in His providence thus dependent from other sources. Thereby becoming independent believing that it is they who work and provide for themselves as God is unable to meet their desires. The spiritual is then gradually compartmentalised for it lacks the ability to provide for the physical, only good for the spiritual.
Such Christianity could easily be liken to those Deists, whose beliefs are that God does not interfere with our lives – merely watches from afar. Such notions are contrary to the existence of Jesus Christ incarnate and refutes such fantasy. God is interested in our daily lives and whether we are in Christian ministry or working in secular employment. We are to acknowledge that God has placed us where we are and for His purposes and plans.
So, if you are climbing the corporate ladder, ensure that you are being sent by God to that sector. Our lives should not merely be random chances of existence. For we are God’s workmanship for good works – prepared beforehand and in all that we do – we should do unto Him. We are to be diligent in our work places – treat our employers with respect and not as gods to whom owes our life’s breath.
If we are to live according to the Kingdom principles of God at our vocations then we are to first believe that where we are positioned is where God wants us to be – “salt and light,” thus being able to change our environment.
I’ve witnessed how many Christians have a duplicity in lifestyles with a great divide between the church and the world and neither shall meet. Though Jesus teaches us that though we are in the world, but not of the world. For He chose us out of the world, therefore the world hates us. However, many seem to believe He meant that we have to have two lives which are God-fearing on Sunday and man-fearing on weekdays. Hence it is so apt that Jesus would say to us, you cannot serve two masters.