One of the greatest challenges we face in today’s society is our attitude toward our place of employment. There are numerous Americans that absolutely hate their current jobs. In fact, the very thought of having to drag ourselves out of bed for another work week can be almost depressing. So today, I want to share with you three principles that will help you excel in your current place of employment.
- You have to know why you are there! The most basic reason we get up and go to work each day is to provide for ourselves and our families. God gives us the opportunity to work so that we can take care of our dependents. In fact, the Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:8, “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” A person’s love for God should always be reflected in their effort to provide for their immediate family. Excellence in the workplace ensures our ability to provide for them.
- You should know who you work for! Colossians 3:23 says it best, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” When we go to our place of employment, we need to remember that we are working for God, Himself, and not just our employer. I truly believe we could work without being disgruntled if we would regard our work as an act of worship to God, instead of just a service to man. Excelling in the workplace means we should work to please our God, not just our employer.
- You should see your job as a place for ministry. As Christians, our daily assignment is to show those we work with the difference Christ makes in the life of a believer. Our attitude and work ethic should always reflect the principles of the Bible. When you walk in a room, your presence should light the place up. Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Christians should never allow unpleasant work conditions to dim our light. Excelling in the workplace means letting your Christian light shine bright!
If we are going to excel in our current place of employment, we have to see our workplace from God’s perspective. First, we must know why we are there. God has given us our job as a means to provide for our family. Second, we should remember that we are working for God and not just man. And finally, we have to see our place of employment as our God assigned mission field.