Exalt Christ in the Workplace – Ephesians 6:1-10
Is your job “sacred” or is it “secular”? Some Christians divide their lives into two separate compartments. There is a sacred compartment and in that compartment we worship, we fellowship with other Christians, we serve God in Christian ministry, and we give our offerings. Then there is a secular part of our life in the workplace. These two compartments often do not meet. There is a wide canyon between them. But Paul tells us to act differently in the workplace:
Ephesians 6: 7-8 (NIV)
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.”
And Jesus tells us not to hide our lamp:
Matthew 5: 14-16 (NIV)
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Detaching our religious life from our secular life destroys our faith’s purpose, for the purpose of a living faith is to give meaning to all of life and to connect wholly and completely to God. Is your job sacred or is it secular? If you are born again, your job is always sacred.
Do your job with all your heart. Deliver quality results even if your boss or co-workers do not. Be active and industrious when others are lazy. Your exemplary job performance is a witness to others. Christians should be the best workers in every organization.
Always have a Bible on your desk. Many nonbelievers think Christians are hypocrites. Show them that your faith is genuine and that you live with assurance Christ forgave your sins. You know with certainty where you will be in the afterlife. Your coworkers will want to be there too when they watch you!