A dear brother in Christ recently received a very affirmative written evaluation from his supervisor, commending him for his consistently positive attitude at work.
Likely, this supervisor has observed others who gripe, gossip, and create friction among coworkers. In contrast, this brother’s attitude really stands out.
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:14-15).
How else can Christians let their light shine in the workplace?
Employers are looking for people they can trust completely—who never lie, pilfer, or cut corners. Paul says that this kind of work ethic of “showing all good faith . . . will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect” (Titus 2:9-10).
Work hard and work well.
The Christian who gives 100% on the job not only earns the respect of his superiors, but also serves as a pacesetter for fellow employees.
“Whatever you do,” Paul exhorted Christian slaves, “do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Colossians 3:23-24).
Do more than required.
This is the principle of going the second mile, as taught by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:41).
When my mother-in-law got caught up with her work as a secretary, she’d ask her boss, “Is there anything else I can do?”
A job is so much more than a paycheck.
It’s a golden opportunity to make a positive impression on those who are curious or even skeptical about what being a Christian is all about.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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