It’s easy to separate our spiritual life from our economic one.
It’s the days of the week. We work five, keep one for us, and we give one to God. It’s like the U.S. government, the separation of church and state.
God says we’re not to live that way. He wants to be included in every part of who we are, and that includes on our job.
Here are four ways we can let the love of God shine through us as we earn a living, further our career, and provide for our family and church.
First, let God help you bring peace to your workplace.
Your faith in God can impact how you treat people, and it must be for the better. Start each day with prayer that God will be with you in every situation.
Matthew 5:16 tells us:
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Second, let your enthusiasm show.
Some days will be a grind, and you can’t prevent that. Excellence and a positive attitude are a choice you can make every day. Choose to smile, and God will be honored.
Ephesians 6:6 points us the right direction:
“[Work] not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”
Third, keep your values on the table.
Never compromise your Christian testimony. Rather than complain or drag your feet, turn to God’s Word and prayer for direction.
2 Chronicles 15:7 promises us our reward:
“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
Fourth, God treasures you, and that means he cares about your workplace and your performance in your duties.
He knows you exemplify his kingdom. People see the Lord in what you say and do – for good and for bad.
Psalm 90:17 blesses you in the work you do:
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”
When we take God to our job, he makes us better. There can be no separation of “church and state” if we truly walk with Christ. With God as our workplace companion, we will form a circle of positive influence, and we will be respected in what we say and do. If we leave him at home, everyone suffers, us most of all.
God must constantly be in our thoughts, no matter where we are.
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