Alfred Haake wrote, "Do the thing that is right even when the boss isnít looking because the boss isnít a criterion. The real boss is standing alongside you every moment of your life."

The following passage contains incredible treasures, because it describes what godliness looks like on the job.

"Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not with eyeservice, as menpleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever your task, work with all of your heart, as serving the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ" (Colossians 3:22-25).

This is not just an isolated admonition which applies only to slaves. Other scriptures give similar instructions. When King Jehoshaphat appointed judges, he charged them with these words: "thus you shall do in the fear of the Lord, in faithfulness, and with your whole heart" (2 Chronicles 19:9). Likewise, the Bible tells us that King Hezekiah "did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered" (2 Chronicles 31:20b-21).

The Blessings of Obedience

What happens when we take Godís instructions seriously in our work life? Our work turns into an act of love toward God. Because we are so in love with Him, we work with "singleness of heart as to Christ" (Ephesians 6:5). We work with purity of motive and purity of devotion.

Our perspective changes. Our labor ceases to be laborious. Whether we work at home or away from it, we begin to see our labor as a privilege. Instead of seeing responsibilities, we see opportunities.

Widespread obedience among Christians would not only change us as individuals, it could change our society. If we worked as unto the Lord with all of our hearts, we would begin to rise within whatever professions we are in.

If you were an employer, how would you feel about an employee who works diligently even when nobodyís watching? Who is eager to help? Who serves joyfully? Who is content? Who is honest? Itís not hard to imagine someone with those attitudes being promoted. If godliness on the job causes us to rise to positions of greater influence, we could use our influence to bless more people and to advance Godís Kingdom.

Letís pay heed to the counsel God gave to Asa: "ĎBut you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.í When Asa heard these words...he took courage" (2 Chronicles 15:7-8).


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