The Christian in the Workplace
With a little math, we find that the average Joe spends about 2000 hours per year at his or her workplace. This time is invaluable to a Christian; it is a time to show to all around the ways of God.
If we turn to Colossians 3:22-23, we see that Paul’s inspired commandment to servants was for them to “obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
In other words, we must work for our bosses or customers as if we are working for God and his son Jesus Christ. We must put 100% into our jobs, even when no one is watching. God asks us to be honest and full of integrity, trustworthy, patient, using clean speech, not taking part in rude or foolish joking, and never being lazy on the job. (Proverbs 15:8; 21:25; Ephesians 5:3-4).
This is a difficult command, but, reading on in Colossians 3, we find we are given an incentive: “from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance [the kingdom]; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done…” (Colossians 3:24-25). Not only must we answer to our bosses or customers for our conduct at work, but to God.
Although God insists that we be diligent on the job, he also requires that we balance work with our other, equally valid, responsibilities to God. As Jesus himself said: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)