Being Christian in the Workplace
It’s easy to live a Christian life on Sunday morning. In fact, in the US, it’s pretty popular.
It’s not till you enter the workweek that the trouble begins.
“And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men: Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”
That’s a tough passage to follow, but at least gives us a promise…along with a warning.
Whatever we do, we should do it heartily as unto the Lord. It’s not just the company you’re working for. It’s not that rude boss. It’s the Lord. He is the one you’re working for and will receive your reward from.
I hate to say this, but Christians haven’t always been a light in a dark world in this area.
In fact, in some cases Christians have a bad reputation when it comes to their work life.
They call in sick just as often. They slack off and don’t get their work done. They gossip about the boss or co-workers behind their back.
And they’re most definitely not doing their work as unto the Lord.
But think about the promise we’re given here also. He is the one who will provide us the reward. If you work hard and the boss steals the credit, the LORD is still the one that can bring the reward. And there is a payday someday for the person who stole your work as well.
This is a reminder we need to keep in front of us everyday. We’re working for the Lord…and our reward comes from Him.
You may own and run a business like I do. This applies to us as well. We have partners, employees, and customers. But we’re not simply working for them. We’re working for the Lord.
One of the biggest misconceptions in the Christian world is that we separate ministry work from “secular work” like somehow being in the ministry is better…or you’re more spiritual.
Each of us is called to whatever God has created us to do. For some people that means they preach from a pulpit or act as a missionary or work in the church building. For others that means they work in a 9-to-5 job. And still others are called to be entrepreneurs.
No one is greater than any other because of their calling. Jump over to I Corinthians 12 sometime to see people fighting about their jobs like we often do.
BUT the scripture above applies to everyone equally.
No matter what your job or business, you are there because you are working for the Lord.
This reminder does so much for me.
It means my first responsibility is to the Lord and I’m not allowed to “just do enough” to get by. I must seek excellence since He is my boss.
It also means that what I’m doing right now is important. It’s vital to God’s mission for the Kingdom (no matter where you are right now).
And it also gives you the ability to make it through struggles and trials, because God is your rewarder. It doesn’t matter if everyone else sees. He does.