How often do we go to work without considering the impact we can make? We simply go because we have to; to pay the bills and provide for our family.
However, if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, there’s so much more to just going to work. We have an opportunity to bring Jesus and effect those around us.
Don’t get this twisted. I’m not talking about preaching to people at work. I’m talking about preaching the gospel at all times and only using words when necessary! In other words…
What do I mean by that? There are five ways you can bring Jesus to work without preaching a word. Remember you are being paid to do a job, so preaching on the job would not be appropriate. But that does not mean our behavior, and our actions, can’t line up with what we believe.
1. Choose An Honest Living
Money isn’t everything, but God does expect us to provide for our family. And, how we provide is just as important as the provision itself.
Therefore, choosing an honest living that may not pay much according to the world’s standard, will bring more honor to God; than hustling to make money by any means necessary.
“If anyone fails to provide for his relatives, and especially for those of his own family, he has disowned the faith [by failing to accompany it with fruits] and is worse than an unbeliever [who performs his obligation in these matters].” ~ 1 Timothy 5:8 (AMPC)
This work ethic we display, is not only a witness to the people we work with, but to our children as well. And speaking of work ethics, this brings us to point #2…
2. Work Unto The Lord, Not Man
This is a tough for many of us. How many can relate to putting forth effort based on how your boss or peers treat you? I know I’m not the only one. We put forth effort based on how we feel our co-workers or boss appreciate us.
The truth is we are not working for man (our boss or our peers) we are working unto God; who sees all, hears all, and judges all!
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” ~ Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)
So no matter what’s your profession, whether it be: sweeping the floor, cleaning the bathroom, working behind the desk; or whether you wear a uniform or suit, you should perform to the best of your ability. Working with all your whole heart unto God!
It doesn’t matter whether or not you like your job, your co-workers or your boss. You’re working unto God and not unto man. And when we exceed our boss or our peer’s expectations regardless of their demeanor towards us, we will be an example of who we represent…Christ.
3. Show Up On Time
Showing up on time requires preparation. That means we may have to prepare the night before so we are not running late in the morning.
“Let all things be done decently and in order.” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:40 (NKJV)
This can include ironing your clothes, making your lunch, or making sure you have enough gas in your car. My wife always tells me; “don’t let your gas tank dictate your schedule.”
Yes, I am guilty of driving on empty, because I’m so anxious to get home; always thinking I can stop later. But later never happens. And I end up stopping for gas when I’m already late somewhere. Come on now, you know you do it too.
In the world we live in, perception is everything. Even though God looks at the heart, men look at our outward appearance. Therefore, do your best to show up on time, dressed for success, looking good, smelling good and ready for work.
4. Do Your Work Cheerfully
“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” ~ Philippians 2:14 (NLT)
We are told to do EVERYTHING without complaining, and that means EVERYTHING!
As difficult as that is, don’t get caught up directly, or indirectly gossiping on your job. If you can’t say something nice or worth saying, don’t say anything. When you practice this type of communication, you will be perceived as one who doesn’t gossip.
There may be some grumbling and fault-finding about a manager, policies or company rules, but try your hardest not to get involved. Instead stand out and stand up for what’s right.
Trust me, you don’t want to be known as a gossiper. (Which just so happens to be an abomination before God, read Proverbs 6:16-19.) And we don’t want to show up at work with an attitude like; they’re lucky to have me. No! Be humbled and God will exalt you in due time (His time) as His timing is always perfect.
5. Be Thankful
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT)
Listen, even though our work environment can be challenging, we must purpose to keep a thankful heart regarding our job.
We are quick to give thanks to God for our family, our life, and our health. But what about being thankful that we have a job that provides for our family.
Aren’t you grateful to have a job that provides medical and dental insurance, with paid vacations? We are living in a time where many people are out of work and to have any job is better than not having a job.
I once heard what you are complaining about someone else is praying for! And this is so true. So I encourage you today to stop complaining and start thanking God for the job He has blessed you with.
For me, my greatest blessing at work, is that my work environment is peaceful. That alone is priceless, because earning more money in a stressful environment isn’t good for my spirit or my peace.
Be known as a thankful employee that honors God. As you might be the only Jesus people will see.
In closing, I ask you; will you start bringing Jesus to work?
~ André Gray