It is amazing to watch standards change over the years. Academic standards have been changed, or should I say “lowered,” so students can achieve passing grades without actually giving the correct answers and knowing a subject. Every day products are not made to last as long as they were in the past with the sole purpose of forcing the public to buy a new model sooner.
Solomon said that “a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1). This is just the opposite to the ‘money-making’ mentality we see today. There are very few, but I have come across one or two businesses that are more concerned about their “good name” or reputation than how much profit they make.
How does this work out in our Christian walk? Let’s take as an example, how employees do their work. “Bondservants [employees], obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart” (Ephesians 6:5–6).
The standard and work ethic for any follower of Jesus is doing everything as if Jesus was our employer and “doing the will of God from the heart.” That is a standard which will never change and one we need to keep before us all the time; not just because it is right, but because God is glorified through what we do and it increases our witness to the world.
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