If you spend a lot of time around food, smoke, or cologne, the smell starts to saturate your clothing. Pray that God would bring glory to himself through your endeavors. No matter the situation, Christians should work heartily for the Lord to honor his name. Heaven will not be sitting on a cloud doing nothing. I am not saying that every day on the job is going to be a walk in the park.
And do all with diligence, not idly and slothfully; cheerfully, not discontented at the providence of God which put them in that relation. Because the slave had no rights in that culture, this often led to the abuse of slaves. Paul was calling these slaves to live in view of this judgment. How happy would true religion make the world, if it every where prevailed, influenced every state of things, and every relation of life! God looks down upon laziness, but He shows with hard work you can accomplish many things. Allow me to be, not just a light that shines for You, but a beacon of light that all may see. Our instruction to them is to stop bothering others, to start working and earn their own food. Some were born into slavery, some sold themselves into slavery to pay off debts, and some were taken forcibly into slavery.
They must be able to evaluate what is unethical in the workplace and what would conflict with their conscience. How is God challenging you to be more sincere? Reverence is a form of worship and thanksgiving to God. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. More importantly, how can I ensure their eternal salvation? In fact, Scripture teaches that we will work in heaven. However, we can still learn many lessons from this that apply directly to the employee and employer relationship. It should be noted that for many Christians God has called for the workplace to be their primary mission field.
They must be able to properly evaluate things like going to bars and getting drunk. They are paid to work a certain amount of hours a day, but instead of working they play on the Internet or waste time in other ways. Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Daniel served in Babylon among a bunch of pagans. He has served over fifteen years in pastoral ministry, and currently serves as chaplain and professor at Handong Glob. That small insight adds even greater depth to this passage. Get in His word and learn to hear His voice.
Pray that everything would please him. Because of the teachings of Scripture, Christian slaves in the ancient world went for double the price of a regular slave. But no one noticed the missionaries, as they slipped off the boat and went to find a cheap flat and to look for work. When we make a mistake on the job, we must be honest enough to own up to our part of that mistake and live with the possible consequences. How are you doing shining His light in your workplace? The word not οὐ instead of μὴ implies that their service is actually rendered to One other and higher than men ;. As we look at the regulations for slavery in this text, they may not directly apply to us, but there are many applications to us as employees and employers. After seven years, a slave was supposed to be set free, and if he wanted to serve his master forever he could put an earring in his ear to commit to this service Ex.
It means that I am not going to waste the talents and abilities that God has given me, and with which I am blessed to earn a living for my family and myself. When the ship docked, a band was waiting to greet the President. When he got home he had it translated into Russian and gave a copy to every railroad employee in Russia. Understanding the role of a Christian employer is also important. Obedience In Everything Was Important To Draw Their Masters To Christ. You will have the keys for solutions to problems that many people face, because you have fellowship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Paul drives home through repetition the centrality of our relationship to Jesus Christ as Lord. Romans 13:3—4 says, For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Question: What does the Bible say about work ethic? We should not mix social and business unless such is allowed , but we can be the kindest, most honest, and most caring worker that our bosses, subordinates and customers have ever seen. In Hebrews 11, the great faith chapter, the emphasis is on the fact that these great men and women of faith died without receiving the promised reward. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy.
Why should we have given our lives in faithful service for God in Africa all these years, and yet no one cares about us? For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Also, it is increasingly common for employees to steal from the workplace. Give a little, receive a little. A Christian employee should be genuine, not hypocritical. Dear Workplace Believer, Did you know your work is your calling? For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Let this be common for Christian employers. The Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007.
The key concept is, you do not work primarily for your employer. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord and not for men, Whatever you might do, work from the soul, as to the Lord and not to men, Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, Do your work willingly, as though you were serving the Lord himself, and not just your earthly master. . We saw a picture of this when Paul sent Onesimus, a runaway slave, back to his Christian master, Philemon. It was very common for slaves to steal from their masters or run away from them, but Christian slaves should have had a healthy fear of the discipline of God that kept them from doing wrong. They should not seek secular achievement, and to some there is no heavenly achievement as well—there are no rewards in heaven.