Job (Work)

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Take pride in your job, doing it to the best of your ability “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God…knowing the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does” (1 Cor 10:31; Eph 6:8).

If we are faithful and diligent in what seems small, we will be given greater responsibility (Mt 25:21; Lk 16:10-12). “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col 3:23,24).

Being a Christian should have a beneficial effect on our attitude, actions and work habits as we punctually and consistently fulfil our responsibilities to family, employment and church with integrity and enthusiasm. When a person becomes a Christian they should usually continue to do the same

Our work environment is a character development facility

work unless it is immoral or unethical (1 Cor 7:17,20).

Several factors help to make employment a satisfying experience including: making a significant contribution to life in general by meeting people’s needs; an incentive (experience gained and monetary reward); encouragement for work well done (not just criticism or complaints for poor workmanship); co-operation and harmonious interpersonal relationships; being appreciated by welcoming the input of beneficial ideas; personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.

These all bring an awareness of community where everyone benefits as each one does their part, applying themselves to the different tasks both in society and in the spiritual family (Neh 4:6; 1 Cor 12:12-31). 

If you are in a place of leadership and authority, clearly communicate instructions and treat subordinates, as you would like to be treated.  If you are under directions, faithfully fulfill your duty, using your initiative.  Daily pray for God’s help and wisdom in your employment situation.

Many tasks appear enormous and seem overwhelming, almost paralysing us into doing nothing, yet once work has commenced it is on the way to completion, especially when broken down into small segments and stages which, when finalised, give a sense of achievement (1 Chr 28:10).  Every job has times of boredom and frustration with the temptation to quit.

The work arena is one of the best mission fields and where our spiritual life is sure to be developed as we face various challenges. A servant attitude, with the fruit of the Spirit being manifest, is very important for a smooth, effective and productive work environment. Be ready to accept the input and advice of others to strengthen your teamwork.

See also: employment, fruit (of the Spirit), responsible/responsibilities, wages, work.