On average, a person will spend about 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime1. Let that sink in. Given the significant amount of time spent on the job, it is imperative for Christians in the workforce to be intentional about honoring God in their work. That is the topic I am addressing today in this blog series based on last Sunday’s Sermon, “Seven Ways to Glorify God in Your Work.”
#2: Hone Your Skills and Work Diligently
Last week our family went to The Saucy Crab in Lexington to celebrate my wife’s birthday. It was the first time any of us had been there. The cajun-style seafood was unbelievable. The service was even more impressive than the grub; we had an attentive, hilarious, and knowledgable waiter who truly seemed to love his job. He made the experience all the better.
How would your coworkers and customers describe you as an employer or employee? That’s worth considering. The Apostle Paul writes, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:23-24). The Bible implores Christians to be diligent in their work.
It has been said that the person who loves their job never works a day in their life. If that describes you, you probably work tediously to craft your skill and passionately serve your organization. But even if you do not have your dream position, it is good to do your job well and serve your company diligently. “Whatever you do, work heartily…”. Martin Luther said:
“The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays — not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps but because God loves clean floors. The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes because God is interested in good craftsmanship.”
Laziness is not a God-Glorifying attribute.
The Bible has a lot to say about the lazy person, and–to be sure–it is not good. “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4). When a person attempts to get by doing as little work as possible, it doesn’t just impact them; it tends to affect their family, the organization for which they work, clients, and a host of other people. Laziness is not becoming of anyone, especially Christians.
Depend on God and Remain Humble
The goal of the Christian is not just to work well but to make an eternal difference in the lives of others. We cannot do anything of eternal significance apart from Christ (John 15:5). That means the believer must wholly depend upon God for the strength and skill to serve their organization well.
As you work diligently to sharpen your particular skill, remain humble, remembering that God has given you your abilities and the capacity to succeed in your work.
How would your coworkers and customers describe your work ethic?