At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”Mark 1:9-13 (NIV)
At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
I could try and find some segue between these verses and our industry, like comparing 40 days in the wilderness to COVID lockdowns, or the highs and lows of our fluctuating industry compared with the high of the Spirit descending followed by the low of Jesus’s temptation.
But at the end of the day, this passage is not about the airline industry. However, in it we learn significant things about Jesus that, if we remember them as we go into our workplace, will be of great help to us.
First, the endorsement by God of Jesus (verse 11). We can fully trust Jesus and His teaching because God has certified Him. Everything you read in the Bible about Him, comes in the context that God is pleased with Jesus and has told us to listen to Him (Mark 9:2-7). What greater reference could one have than God? If you seek clarity on a workplace conundrum, or you wonder how to handle a strained relationship at work, or perhaps your job is just plain normal, whatever your situation, find out what Jesus says.
Second, Jesus was, over a period of 40 days, tempted by the devil himself, and yet resisted it all successfully (verse 13 and Luke 4:1-13). Jesus is not unaware of temptation and difficulty. He knows that life is hard. He has been here. However, He still tells us not to worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34). And to remember that your heavenly Father knows what you need (Matthew 6:5-8). And that although we face troubles, He has overcome (John 16:33). Whether it be the Old Testament Prophets calling out sinful nations, or Jesus rebuking the churches in Revelation, it is clear in the Bible that God is aware of the details.
He knows our sins, and He knows our pain. He knows what you have been through the last 18 months. But the above verses still stand. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.”