Glorifying God at Work

I read this post on how to glorify God in the work place this morning from desiringgod.org.  Weather you are a student working part-time, married working full-time, or anywhere in between, I think you will find this helpful.

Dependence. Go to work utterly dependent on God (Proverbs 3:5-6John 15:5). Without him you can’t breathe, move, think, feel, or talk. Not to mention be spiritually influential. Get up in the morning and let God know your desperation for him. Pray for help.

Integrity. Be absolutely and meticulously honest and trustworthy on the job. Be on time. Give a full day’s work. “Thou shalt not steal.” More people rob their employers by being slackers than by filching the petty cash.

Skill. Get good at what you do. God has given you not only the grace of integrity but the gift of skills. Treasure that gift and be a good steward of those skills. This growth in skill is built on dependence and integrity.

Corporate shaping. As you have influence and opportunity, shape the ethos of the workplace so that the structures and policies and expectations and aims move toward accordance with Christ. For example, someone is shaping the ethos of Chick-fil-A restaurants with this video.

Impact. Aim to help your company have an impact that is life-enhancing without being soul-destroying. Some industries have an impact that is destructive (e.g., porn, gambling, abortion, marketing scams, etc). But many can be helped to turn toward impact that is life-giving without being soul-ruining. As you have opportunity, work toward that.

Communication. Work places are webs of relationships. Relationships are possible through communication. Weave your Christian worldview into the normal communications of life. Don’t hide your light under a basket. Put it on the stand. Winsomely. Naturally. Joyfully. Let those who love their salvation say continually, Great is the Lord! (Psalm 40:16)

Love. Serve others. Be the one who volunteers first to go get the pizza. To drive the van. To organize the picnic. Take an interest in others at work. Be known as the one who cares not just about the light-hearted weekend tales, but the burdens of heavy and painful Monday mornings. Love your workmates, and point them to the great Burden Bearer.

Money. Work is where you make (and spend) money. It is all God’s, not yours. You are a trustee. Turn your earning into the overflow of generosity in how you steward God’s money. Don’t work to earn to have. Work to earn to have to give and to invest in Christ-exalting ventures. Make your money speak of Christ as your supreme Treasure.

Thanks. Always give thanks to God for life and health and work and Jesus. Be a thankful person at work. Don’t be among the complainers. Let your thankfulness to God overflow in a humble spirit of gratitude to others. Be known as the hope-filled, humble, thankful one at work.

Sink your roots in wherever you live -God has called us to be all in wherever we are.  As Jim Elliot wrote, “Wherever you are, be all there!  Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

APPROVED

Approval is a packed word.  To be approved is to be accepted, pleased with, and enjoyed all at the same time.  We all seek approval from someone.  If you don’t want to be accepted and pleased with, you need to check your pulse to see if you are living or perhaps you’re just in denial.  Weather it’s your boss, your spouse, your parents, your enemies, or whoever -we all desire to find ourselves approved in the sight of someone.

As Christians, it is only natural to want God’s approval.  After all, “to live is Christ,” and when this life is said and done all we will have is Christ.  I don’t know about you, but more often that not I look for God’s approval in my circumstances.  Inwardly I ask the question, does God approve me because I read, prayed, and loved enough today?  If you don’t think ask a form of this same question, let me ask you something.

Do you look for small or big wins in life that will confirm God’s approval? For instance, Thank you God for the promotion, I know you love me!  Thank you God our nice home, I know you love me!  Thank you God for McDonalds, this BigMac proves that you care for me (until I get hospitalized for too many BigMacs).  

Now I am not saying that it’s wrong to thank God for the big and small blessings he freely gives us.  BUT is God for us because we get a good job, a financial blessing, or healing from a sickness?  If this is our mentality, what happens when we don’t get the promotion we prayed for?  What if we lose our job?  What’s next if our spouse doesn’t love us the way we were hoping?  Where is God’s approval at when we don’t see it in our current conditions?

Here’s the good news, God’s approval of us has nothing to do with us.  Jesus is the stamp of God’s approval for us.  Because of Christ’s death and resurrection on our behalf, we are Perfectly, Permanently, and Perpetually approved by God.  There’s nothing good or bad we can do to gain or lose our Holy God’s approval.

So don’t live for God’s approval.  Jesus already won God’s permanent approval for you.  Instead live, love, and do everything in life out of the joy that comes with that package of God’s permanent approval of you.