Are you the best employee in your organization?
Are you the best boss anyone ever had?
Are you the best customer to your suppliers?
You should be.
Why? Because that is what God desires.
Why does God desire us to be the best at what we do? Because we are His ambassadors here on earth.
A US Ambassador to another country is there to accurately and honestly represent to the US to that country and its people and seek to build relationships between the two. The same is true for us. If we are in our workplaces as ambassadors of Christ, then we must represent Him accurately and honestly.
How do we do this?
As in all things in our lives, God’s word gives us the direction and clarity we need to accomplish the task He asks us to do.
Ephesians 6 is a chapter of relationships. Relationships between children and parents; husbands and wives; employees and bosses.
Here’s the part that applies to employees and bosses:
“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free. Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.”
Being the best employee or boss can be broken into three parts: Activity, Attitude, and Awareness.
The activity that sets us apart as Christians in the workplace is obedience. Our obedience to our bosses shows that we honor their position and the authority that God has placed over us. Obedience doesn’t mean that we agree with every direction they take with the company. It doesn’t mean we endorse every action that they take. But we do it, because God commands us to. (Disclaimer: God does not require us to obey directives that go against other areas of scripture, or are against the law. Read more here about how to respond when you are asked to do something against your beliefs.)
Christian employees should be the ones who always show up on time, complete projects on schedule, and go the extra mile to do the work right, and with excellence.
Our attitude is to be one of sincerity and pleasing. An attitude of doing good work all the time instead of just when the boss is watching can set us apart from unbelieving co-workers. If we only work hard when the boss is watching, then we are no different from our co-workers. There is nothing to set us apart as salt and light in the workplace if we do our work with the same attitude as everyone else. The attitude of “less is more” should not be present in the believer, and can actually turn our bosses away from God instead of towards Him. Here are some ways to do excellent work for God.
Where the rubber really meets the road; and where Christians have the biggest impact in their workplace, is when they have the awareness of who they really work for.
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When we have the awareness that God is our boss, our work becomes the best, since we are working for the Best Boss ever. Knowing that our reward for our hard work will come from God himself, motivates us to be the best employee ever. This awareness also frees us from the traps of comparison, competition, and other office politics.
How does this apply to bosses? The last few verses state that bosses should treat their employees the same way, and to not threaten them or show favoritism.
The directives and application are pretty clear. We are to be the best employee and boss, no matter the job that God has called us to do.
Is it clear and simple? Yes. Is it always easy? No.
God never asks us to do something without giving us to power to do it.
God asks us to be the best employee and boss, because He knows that it can influence those we work with to be drawn into a relationship with Him. He asks us because we are His ambassadors here on earth and He wants us to represent Him well. In addition to asking us, He empowers us.
God asks you to be the best, because He has the power to help you be the best.
Are you going to make mistakes? You bet! But that is where God’s grace comes into play. We repent, He forgives, and then He helps us to do it right the next time.
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So what about you?
Where have you fallen short in being the best employee or boss for God?
Which areas do you need God’s help to improve upon?
How would being the best employee or boss influence your workplace for Christ?