Yesterday we looked into the relationship between employees and employers and discovered there are principles in Scripture that run counter to generally accepted practices of this world. The foundation of these work ethics is not just ‘good practices,’ they are part of our desire as believers to do “the will of God from the heart” (Ephesians 6:5–6). There is more to this idea.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
This work ethic is not just a New Testament concept, because Solomon gave his son instructions like this one; “The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor. (Proverbs 12:24). Another reference is; “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (10:4). If we think about these words carefully, we know they are true.
When people observed Jesus and the various work His did, it was said that “they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak”” (Mark 7:37).
What would people say about our work? Paul reminds us; “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). This is the ethic that becomes an example to all around us. Does your work cause “astonishment”?
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