We can learn a lot from Jesus’s example of a workplace. The bible explores what his ideal workplace was like and how it was managed. He talked to his disciples, detailing the roles, the job, job description, support and training given and the expected productivity in John 15. He distinctly painted a picture of a healthy workplace saying:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman and 5 you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples”.
Jesus, the true vine is the workplace, his father is the administrator and the workers are the branches, committed and engaged in their work:
“If you abide in me and my words abide in you”. The workers are rewarded:
“You shall ask whatever you will and it shall be done unto”. The workers are fulfilled if they keep his commandments:
“You will abide in my love”.
1) The job:
“That ye bear much fruit”.
2) Job description:
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Everyone has their own place and there is no competition but productivity is expected. The job description is linked with the job, the role and the expectations below.
3) The Role:
“You are the Branches”.
Although our role is that of branches, we have to work closely work others in order to fulfil our goals; we have to stay attached, completely reliant on the vine and the husbandman. It is the only way we will be able to bear fruit.
4) Job Expectations:
a) “Must abide in Jesus failure to which you are cast forth and withered then straight into the fire”.
b)” Must bear fruit otherwise you are taken away”.
There are expectations to deliver and follow rules with consequences if we don’t.
5) Opportunities on the job and training:
“Every branch that bears fruit he purges that it may bring forth more fruit”.
There is job training and promise to increase; promotion.
“These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full”.
This is what happy, fulfilled, productive workers look like; they are full of joy
“That your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name he will give it to you”.