Friday, October 9, 2009

How to be a Christ-honoring Employee or Employer

I bet you have heard this statement before. It means that everything has to be paid for. Because of this, working to earn a wage is a necessary part of life.

I have noticed that many Christians tend to think that serving the Lord and making a difference in life for Him is about being involved at church. Although that is part of it, most of us spend just a few hours involved at church. We actually spend much more of our time earning a wage – a necessary piece of life.

God tells us that while earning that wage we can also be making a difference for Him. While spending all those hours earning that wage we can be used of him to point people his direction, to help people discover Him. All without infringing on the time and energy we have committed to work.

How? The keys are in the text we will be looking at this Sunday, Ephesians 6:5-9. I invite you to read the text and ask God to show you how you can effectively serve him while spending so many hours working to provide for yourself and your family.

See you Sunday,
Pastor Charlie


How to be a Christ-honoring Employee or Employer
Ephesians 6:5-9

As a Christ-honoring employee you would:

  • Treat those you work for with respect and reverence. (v. 5) Philippians 2:12; 1 Peter 2:18-19
  • Work with honest integrity. (v. 5)
    • “Sincerity of heart” means without pretense, without hypocrisy. 2 Corinthians 11:3
  • Refuse to make “impressing the boss” your top priority. (v. 6) Proverbs 25:27; 2 Corinthians 5:9
  • Focus on God's will in your work. (v. 6)
  • Recognize that it’s God's will for you to grow through difficulty. James 1:2-4
    • It is God's will for you to minister to those around you.
    • It is God's will for you to be a witness of the difference that Jesus can make in a life.
  • Picture God as your boss. (v. 7)
  • Look to the Lord’s rewards. (v. 8) Hebrews 11:6; Colossians 3:23-24

As a Christ-honoring employer you would:

  • Lead by the Golden Rule – treat your employees the way you would want to be treated. (v. 9) Luke 6:31
  • Lead with thoughtful caring, not aggressive power. (v. 9) Matthew 20:25-28
  • Lead with humility. (v. 9) Philippians 2:6-7

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