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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He Chose

The man who held true

He chose to be trustworthy on the job, even though it was not a job of his choosing. He chose to maintain his high moral standards when the boss’ wife kept seducing him. He chose to keep his faith in God in spite of being treated so unfairly by others.

Thirteen years after being forced out of his homeland, Joseph was elevated to second in command in Egypt. Even in this exalted position he kept on choosing.

He chose to remain humble and not let power go to his head. He chose to forgive his brothers when he had ample opportunity to take revenge.

The God who works behind the scenes

Had he reacted as many would have in his situation, would we have the benefit of his story in Genesis?

God did not cause Joseph’s brothers to hate and mistreat him. God did not cause Potiphar’s wife to seduce Joseph and lie about him.

And yet God could use these trying circumstances to accomplish His good purpose (Romans 8:28). As Joseph told his brothers, “. . . you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to . . . preserve many people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

But even before Joseph could see what God was doing, he kept trusting. He remained faithful.

The greatest tragedy is not suffering. The greatest tragedy is to suffer and never find our place in God’s great plan. When we do discover our place, then God can really use us as He used Joseph.

It is then that our suffering bears its sweetest fruit.

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

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Getting Away with It?

Before giving a quiz in English class, Mrs. Stanley asked us to use a blank sheet to cover our answers. “Now I don’t think any of you would cheat, but somebody might look on your paper.”

Cheating as a lifestyle of choice

Cheating in school is endemic. It is also lazy, sneaky, dishonest.

The cheat is developing a mindset that will make it all the easier to cheat on taxes, expense accounts, and marriage vows.

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You can’t cheat your way to heaven!

The thinking is, if you can get away with it and not get caught, why not?

God, that’s why not! The God of truth hates lying, cheating, and stealing (Proverbs 11:1; Revelation 21:8).

God calls us to be people of integrity, making all our choices with Him in view.

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