Volume Two Chapter Three is intended to help us, again from Scripture, to discover how to bring glory to God by honouring Him and the people we interact with in the workplace. But the principles apply when we are in the presence of people generally while we are out and about and living day to day in the world. This is high I start the chapter…
‘The purpose of this book is to detail what God has to say to men about how we can become more like Him, overcome temptation and sin, and behave better towards those we love. In this chapter I would like to discuss what God has to say to us in the area of how to behave at work.
God’s Word talks less about how we are to behave at work than it does about other aspects of our life. I suspect that is because in the days of the Bible, there were no factories churning out mobile phones, wrought iron gates, uPVC windows, garage doors, aircraft, ships, cars, widgets etc., etc. Furthermore, there were no ‘global’ businesses, as such. Most people worked on the land or ran uncomplicated businesses, or were employed by small business owners. Yes, some goods were exported, but nothing on the scale of today.
When we look at the fraud and corruption in some aspects of business in the twenty-first century, I believe if Jesus were to visit us today, He would have a lot to say about the way some businessmen and employees behave at work.
So what can we learn to help us behave in a godly way at work, and bring honour to God and our colleagues in the workplace?
Well, before we look at what the Bible specifically says about work, let’s remember what Jesus considers the greatest Commandments to be… “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew chapter 22 verses 37 to 40).
Note that last verse - in effect, Jesus is saying everything you read in God’s Word should take into account the importance of these two great commandments.
It seems clear to me therefore, if we want to know how to behave at work (whether that be working at home, in an office, factory, Government department, hospital, school – wherever is your place of employment), we need to ask ourselves two simple questions: 1. Is the way I work, or behave at work, honouring God? 2. Is the way I work, or behave at work, honouring other people?’