What’s your work ethic like? Do you do your job well only when your employer is looking, or do you always give 115%, knowing that even though they might not see your faithfulness, Christ does?
“Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.” (Ephesians 6:5-7)
Part of the problem in our world is a self-centered outlook and selfish attitude. Everyone seems always to be looking for what’s in it for them. Years ago, John F. Kennedy quoted the now famous line, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” and nothing’s improved since then. Ever since the fall, our sinful human nature is preoccupied with taking, not giving. This is why people are reluctant to give of themselves, not only in their private lives but also at work, and why they shape up only when they think their jobs are in jeopardy. Yet when we submit ourselves to the authority of Christ, His Spirit in us turns this paradigm on its head. Instead of seeking to get, God gives us a desire to serve Him and His purposes, which we do by loving and serving others, including our employers.
So instead of stealing time or money, we will “with goodwill do…service, as to the Lord, and not to men.” We won’t make a show of working when the boss passes through and slacking off before and after. We won’t pilfer materials and supplies purchased by our company to help it make money. We will give our employer an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay–just like we would like someone else to do for us were the company ours. And why should we do this? Why does it even matter?
The reason it matters is because we really are working for God. We may not think we are; we may not even believe He sees us, but He does. This is why the Bible tells us, “…God…’will render to each one according to his deeds’: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek…For there is no partiality with God.” (Romans 2:6-11)
Everything we do as the people of God is open to scrutiny by Him; there are no compartments that can be closed and remain off limits for His kingdom. And there is no such thing as separating church and work. To the contrary, when we are extraordinary in our work ethic and openly honest as to the cause, He may use us to bring them to Himself too!
So, what is your work ethic like? Do you serve Christ at work as well as elsewhere? Remember that we are commanded to, “…sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” (I Peter 3:15-17)
Help me be faithful to those I am accountable to and do my work honestly and with integrity, knowing that as Your follower I truly am working for You. Amen.