The Christian in the Workplace

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?

Be honest.

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.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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A Promise Kept

An ancient promise still being kept

The other day a vee of birds passed overhead, heading south. Soon leaves will fall, the temperature drop, and a sweater will feel good.

After Noah’s Flood, God promised, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). God is still keeping His promise.

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An ancient promise that will be kept

“While the earth remains” implies the earth won’t always remain. God ended Noah’s world with the Flood. He will end ours by fire (2 Peter 3).

And in its place: “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (v. 13).

Do you believe God will keep this promise too? If so, how then should we live? (vv. 11-14)

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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The Contrast/The Choice

Today I saw what I think is an oak tree. Underneath were a number of brown mushrooms.

“Here today, gone tomorrow”

The stark contrast between oaks and mushrooms has often elicited comments. Mushrooms grow at an impressive rate, then after a few days disappear.

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Oaks take their time, but what results is something truly solid, with deep, abiding roots.

The first psalm describes the individual of integrity who meditates daily on God’s word. Such a person is “like a tree firmly planted.” In contrast, the wicked “are like chaff which the wind drives away” (Psalm 1:3, 4).

Making a choice we can live with

Oaks and mushrooms have no choice. But we do. We choose our character, and in choosing that, our destiny.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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