GODLINESS IN OUR WORK
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
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
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
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
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).