Colossians 3:22-4:1

Disciples in the Workplace

A disciple can never clock out of Kingdom work.  Even in the workplace, Christian bosses and workers must display a different level of intentionality and productivity for the sake of discipleship.

Instructions for Employees (Col. 3:22)

  • Since you claim to follow a faithful Savior, be a faithful worker.

Four Types of Employees:

  1. Justified Rebel – Don’t use your faith as an excuse for a bad work ethic.
  2. Occasional Hard-Worker – Even when your work is unnoticed by your earthly boss, your effort is noticed by your Heavenly Master.
  3. Insincere Brown-Noser – Don’t let your work be motivated by the approval of men but by the approval of God.
  4. Sincere Workers – Don’t work hard so that you will appear right but because it is right.

Instructions for Employment (Col. 3:23-25)

  • Your work can become worship if you display obedient actions and sincere attitudes in the workplace.
  • A Christian worker should be known as the most fervent and faithful employee on the job.
  • Every job opportunity is a mission field and every Christian employee is a missionary.
  • Be intentionally productive in your job for the glory of God and for the good of others.
  • Every injustice you experience in your earthly vocation will be made right in your heavenly retirement.
  • It is better to endure conflict due to your boss’ sin rather than endure consequences for your own sin.

Instructions for Employers (Col. 4:1)

  • Just because you are over someone does not mean that you are better than someone.
  • Bosses must lead justly and fairly with their employees because God leads his people in that way.
  • Bad employers seek to use employees to improve the lives of themselves; good employers seek to use themselves to improve the lives of their employees.

Next Steps

  1. What can I improve in my job for the glory of God?
  2. Who has God positioned me beside at work for a missional purpose?

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.