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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The Police Who Deserve Our Respect

Bad Apples

Every vocation has them: unethical or incompetent individuals who give their profession an undeserved bad name.

But has there been a time in recent memory when the police have been so vilified as they are today? It’s a wonder anyone these days would choose law enforcement for a career.

Granted, there are those wearing badges who are bullies or racists.

They’re the exceptions.

But the majority are public servants in the best sense, courageously willing to be placed in harm’s way, who would pull out their guns only as a last resort.

Think how stressful it must be for those whose duty it is to investigate domestic disturbances, drug trafficking, and other potentially volatile situations in our increasingly violent world.

And what must it be like for their spouses and loved ones?

A call for common sense

Imagine your community without law enforcement: no one to call when you desperately need protection from those who have absolutely no respect for law and order.

Recently I talked with an officer whose duty it is to handle fraud cases. It was obvious he genuinely cared about those who are scam victims.

Everyone should read what the apostle Paul wrote about our obligation to submit to governmental authorities. God has ordained government, he says, to keep order and to restrain wrongdoers. “Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God . . . .” (Romans 13:1-7).

We are to pray for “all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

In light of all the messiness, danger, and disrespect they must deal with on a daily basis, the police are definitely underpaid and underappreciated.

May the Lord watch over those who watch out for us!

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The Ticket

This afternoon I picked up a lottery ticket. No, I didn’t buy it, but found it lying on the ground. This ticket cost somebody $10. The purchaser had scratched off all 25 numbers, but not one of them matched the winning numbers listed at the top.

$10 for nothing. Purchased in hope; discarded in disappointment. Too bad! But maybe next time! Or if not then, the time after that—or the time after that . . . .

An admission

On the back of the ticket it says, “For help with a gambling problem” and then it gives a website. So even the lottery officials admit that some of their most loyal customers are addicted.

Alcohol, drugs, and gambling—each has an Anonymous organization devoted to helping people who have lost control—and along with it, possibly lost their paychecks, their family, and their self-respect. It’s so sad!

Catering to human weakness

The promoters of this lottery know human nature. They realize there are enough people out there who want quick and easy cash and are willing to plunk down their hard-earned dollars over and over and over in hopes of winning big.

Almost like the carrot on a stick, the lottery beckons but rarely delivers. Sure, some do win big. And much of the money they so gleefully receive comes from the pockets and purses of people who can’t afford their losses.

It’s sad that our great state would stoop to raising revenue from the weaknesses of its own citizens. And what are those weaknesses? Wanting to cash in without effort and at the expense of others.

A far better way

The apostle Paul said, “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:33-35).

Paul needed money just as we do today. If there had been a lottery in his day, can you imagine him standing in line to buy a ticket? And yet if there ever was a winner (in the best sense of the word) it was Paul (Philippians 3:7-14; 2 Timothy 4:6-8).

Paul modeled for others the ethic of hard work and sharing with others.

That’s the winning combination! That’s the ticket!


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“Make It Your Ambition”

How we are to live

Does the expression “the quiet life” strike you as appealing or dull? Paul actually encourages us to pray for our rulers “that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2).

In a different context Paul urges Christians “to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands . . .” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).

Addressing Christians who have too much time on their hands—lazy busybodies—Paul urged them “to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread” (2 Thessalonians 3:12).

Those who live this way

Aquila and Priscilla were not among those needing Paul’s reprimand. They supported themselves as tentmakers and hosted the church in their home in more than one city. They assisted Paul, helped Apollos, and no doubt aided many others as well.

This godly Christian couple have their counterparts today in members of local congregations who humbly go about their tasks, making no fuss or bother for anyone else. Such people are among society’s greatest assets, whether society recognizes that fact or not.

They help keep our nation from slipping further away from God. They may be largely unknown, but God sees what they do, and He will reward.

The advantages of the quiet life

And don’t we spare ourselves a lot of unnecessary tension when we can learn to live this way?

In the words of John Greenleaf Whittier’s hymn: “Drop thy still dews of quietness,/ Till all our strivings cease;/ Take from our souls the strain and stress,/ And let our ordered lives confess/ The beauty of thy peace.”


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Workers and Shirkers


Fellow-employees Ron and John (not their real names) were talking. As they part, Ron says, “Don’t work too hard, John.” “Oh, don’t worry,” says John, “I won’t. Minimum wage—minimum work!”

John may have been joking, but his response reflects the don’t-sweat-it attitude of many.

The hard worker is likely not too popular with the minimum crowd.


The Christian must not be one of the just-get-by guys. What Paul says to believing slaves applies in principle to the Christian employee:

“Whatever you do, 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, emphasis added).

Minimum John doesn’t know what he’s missing!

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