Work


As a Christian employee, you should be knocking their socks off!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. – Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-16 NIV


WorkAre you the best?

Who is the best employee at your company?  Are you picturing that person in your mind?  What characterizes that person’s work?  What makes that employee better than anyone else?  Is it pure talent?  Is it work ethic?  Attitude?  Do you find yourself wanting to work with that person?  Or emulate him or her?

As Christian’s in the workplace we should be that person!  We have a tremendous advantage over non-Christians.  Why?  Perspective.  We know who the real boss is.  We know that, whatever missed opportunities or apparent career setbacks may come, God is in control and He is not surprised by what transpires.  We can trust that He is the one providing.  This frees us up to be great employees without the competing and backstabbing that is often so prevalent amongst our non-believing co-workers.

We can trust that God is protecting our reputations if we will work for Him.

Are you salt and light?

Early in my career, my technical knowledge was so pathetic that I often sat through entire staff meetings without really comprehending a single topic of conversation.  To compensate, I developed the attitude of, “whatever you need me to do, I will do.”  I would volunteer for the assignments that no one else wanted.  Whatever could make me useful, I was willing to take on.  I also focused on helping those around me look good.  Not in a kiss up sort of way.  I truly wanted them to be successful.  My boss began to see me as someone he could count on.  He would give me the benefit of the doubt when things didn’t go well because he knew I was doing my best and I cared about him and the rest of the team.

Also, I did not hide my faith.  Whatever I did in my personal life, I did at work.  I prayed before meals.  I avoided gossip as much as possible and watched my language.  I had an upbeat attitude that seemed to rub off on others.

These days, I’m considered somewhat of a technical expert – one of the go-to guys.  As such, I try to pass along what I know with humility.  I still try to help my boss succeed and the up-and-comers too!  It would be easy to worry about being replaced or being passed up by those I try to help.  But God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).  I can trust Him with my career.  My job is to do my best to bring Him glory through my work.

Everything you do reflects on the Lord.  The name of Jesus is either lifted up or brought down by the way you live your life.  Jesus calls us to be salt and light.  Will you answer the call?

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