Monday, November 7, 2011

Workplace Faith

"One of the greatest hindrances to the gospel's effectiveness is Christians who act one way at church and another way elsewhere.

The way we live for God should permeate all areas of life. The workplace is no exception.

The way we act reflects our faith. So if we claim to be Christians, our coworkers, bosses, and employees will equate our attitudes and actions with Jesus.

Do those around you at the office see a positive reflection of God in your work ethic?

Let's look at a scriptural model for the believer to follow. For one thing, we should view ourselves as servants. Next, our true boss is Christ; therefore, we work diligently and with integrity, knowing that our reward is from Him. Then, since all authority on earth is God-given (John 19:11), we should obey our superiors gladly—unless, of course, our boss tells us to do something that goes against Scripture. And finally, all those we work with and for have worth from the Creator, and we should treat them with respect.

Think about how the golden rule — "Do unto others as you'd have others do unto you" —applies here. Putting it a different way, imagine yourself as the boss and ask, How would I like employees to work, even when I wasn't watching them?

Even when jobs or coworkers are hard to like, we are to work as though God is our boss. That means doing tasks with joy, a servant attitude, respect for others, diligence, and obedience to those in authority. Imagine what the workplace could be if all believers approached their jobs this way."
- Charles Stanley

As you face those tough challenges that have the potential to bring out the worst in you, call on the Holy Spirit to bring these inspiring thoughts to your mind ...

P.S.  Start each workday with your focus on Christ!  Click here to access dozens of FREE Bible reading plans, devotionals, and other spiritually stimulating writings from your favorite pastors and teachers.  I think you just might find one or two that will fit you to a T ...

"Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.  Though He was God, He did not demand and cling to His rights as God.  He made Himself nothing; He took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form.  And in human form He obediently humbled Himself further by dying a criminal's death on a cross"
- Philippians 2:5-8 {NLT}. 

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