An effective job has so much to do with what we do, how we do it, and who we do it with.
While we are much more than what we do, a significant portion of our lives will be spent in the 9-5 realm. That’s why how we approach work is so vital to our overall outlook in life. Most people know what it is like to work in negative work environments, and some of us know what it is like to work in positive work environments. Regardless of which situation you are in right now, I want to provide some things for you to think through regarding your employment.
While I hope these tips can help anyone, I really want to give motivation for those who belong to Jesus. A Christian worker should be known as the most fervent and faithful employee on the job (Col. 3:22-4:1). In the workplace, Christian bosses and workers must display a different level of intentionality and productivity for the sake of Kingdom perspective and outcome. As believers, we should be intentionally productive in our jobs for the glory of God and for the good of others.
So, here are 3 vital components for every employee, employer, and staff member:
- PROFICIENCY – Work hard at what you do (Ecc. 9:10). Engage, develop, and progress. Even if you aren’t the most skilled person naturally, will you commit to work diligently (Prov. 13:4)? Do your work heartily as an offering to the Lord himself rather than for some boss (Col. 3:23). Is Jesus pleased with the proficiency you show in how diligent you are at your job?
- INTEGRITY – Work with a character that represents Jesus well. Working with integrity is the most secure path of employment (Prov. 10:9; 11:3; 28:6). Many people’s talent take them to a place where their character can’t keep them. Make sure that even if you have people slander you on your job, your good behavior will put your accusers to shame (1 Pet. 3:16) and cause people to see you as different and turn to glorify your God (Matt. 5:16; 1 Pet. 2:12).
- CHEMISTRY – Work well with others on the job. I have known many skillful people of integrity who just simply lack people skills and others can’t stand to work alongside them. Some of the problems at your job are the ones you brought with you (James 4:1-2). You do your part to live at peace (Rom. 12:18) with your co-workers as you display kindness (Eph. 4:32), show honor (Rom. 12:10), and bear with them (Col. 3:13).
Attempt to display this PIC (Proficiency, Integrity, and Chemistry) at work today. It’s important what you do, how you do it, and who you do it with. Work hard to glorify God in your job.