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The godly employee

Christians are to be lights to the world and spiritual examples (Matthew 5:13-16). Considering how much time we spend at our jobs, it’s odd how little we talk about what God expects of us there.

We’re commanded to work if we’re able (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Christians realize that how we conduct ourselves as workers can enhance or destroy our Christian image. No matter which outfit or badge we wear, we’re always to walk in the light of the Lord (Ephesians 4:1; 1 John 1:7).

The average fleshly worker bases their output on how they’re being supervised or what their co-workers are doing. A boss walked up to an employee and asked why he wasn’t working. The man said, “I would be, but I didn’t see you coming.”

The toxic atmosphere of perpetually complaining and lazy workers is far removed from God’s plan. We must exhibit a good attitude (Philippians 4:8-9) and a careful tongue (James 3:1-12).

Ultimately, we answer to God for our work rather than an earthly supervisor. Accordingly, we do the best we can all the time regardless of circumstances. We know God is always watching.

It would revolutionize American society if everyone worked as God desired. We would serve the company and ultimately God instead of always demanding more for doing less.

A godly employee will remember his Christian duty. Obedience is common practice for God’s people (John 14:15). We’ve learned humility (James 4:10) and going the extra mile (Matthew 5:38-42; cf. Ephesians 6:6).

God instituted government for social order (Romans 13:1-5). The quality of the leader is immaterial to the command to be submissive. Likewise, we do the best we can at work regardless of how we’re treated or whether we enjoy it.

We do the right thing on principle. We’re called to be the best we can be in all things because we’re in Christ and represent him everywhere (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 12:1-2).

Excellence in business not only allows us more financial freedom to take care of our families but to enhance the spread of the gospel (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Moreover, it can also serve as an evangelistic tool when our godly attitudes about work provoke dialogue about Christ.

Let’s stand out by bowing before God and rolling up our sleeves and striving to be better every day.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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2 thoughts on “The godly employee

  1. As a christian worker I ask myself “If I were to hire myself to do a job,would I want me to work as I do?”

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