How To Be a Christian In the Workplace

Written by Richard Joseph Krejcir

Employment: Blood, Sweat, and Tears!

Mel Brooks,repparttar movie producer, said it best, "Life stinks!"

If you have spent any time inrepparttar 127006 workplace, you will have observed many different kinds of attitudes, personalities, and ways of approachingrepparttar 127007 job there. We all have different personalities, habits, desires, experiences, and expectations, all converging and conflicting, andrepparttar 127008 water cooler area becomes a gathering place for hearingrepparttar 127009 latest gossip, a hotbed of conflict and chaos. Somehow, inrepparttar 127010 midst of all this, we, as Christians, are called to distinction. This rubs us againstrepparttar 127011 grain of our coworkers and employers, who have conflicting ideas. The Christian enters into a struggle with identity, values, attitudes, and feelings, all producing stress and fatigue.

We are Christians, yet we are also human, and we work with Christians as well as non-Christians. We are material beings who need a livelihood to provide forrepparttar 127012 daily substance of life. From food and shelter to leisure and entertainment, work becomes a necessary means for us to live and function in society. Work can also be a potential for so much more. A call, a vocation, or a job, whatever you call what you do in between your day of worship and church, whether it be a priest or a fry cook, we all have a purpose. We all have a job. Sometimes, it isrepparttar 127013 same, sometimes not, as we may be inrepparttar 127014 wrong place and job. Nevertheless, we have a call to be employed, to function in society, and to behave in that call.

We are also social beings, not just tools or devices, slaves or machines. We are spiritual beings who have been saved by our God and Creator and givenrepparttar 127015 call to be virtuous and righteous. All our experiences, expectations, aptitudes, and attitudes come together inrepparttar 127016 workplace. And, all of these distinctions converge into our mindset and attitudes at work. So, what isrepparttar 127017 right attitude and approach with which to do our work? How do we get along with coworkers, bosses, and our God?

Work, Job or vocation is a word we use to start to describe what we do in life, vocation has its root fromrepparttar 127018 Latin verb "to call;" thus, our vocation and job is actually a call, similar to a minister. So we need to understand its role and significance in our life and how we are to be in our vocation as well as what it means in our walk with our Lord. Let us venture into God's Word and see what He has to say about what we do duringrepparttar 127019 week. What and why we have work and what we are to do in that vocation and how we respond to others around us. The following passages are arranged so you can spend some time inrepparttar 127020 Word, which will help you to develop a Biblical attitude of work. Also, several thoughts based on Scriptural insights are provided for you to pray about to nudge yourself into being a better person at work. You may discover what we do is not as important as how we do it!

God's Call Forrepparttar 127021 Employee: Ephesians 6:5-8

You may feel like a slave at work. Or, perhaps you treat others in that way thinking, I am in command. They work for me, and they have to do what I say! But,repparttar 127022 key to this passage isrepparttar 127023 attitude we are to have, that of looking to Christ as our employer so we do our work for Him. Therefore, we are to be our best for His glory, regardless of our circumstances (Rom. 8:17; Phil. 2:1-11). We may have a paycheck from McDonald's and a boss who may need some acne treatments, but our ultimate authority and manager is Christ Himself! We show our value--that Christ paid a price for us--so, we in turn can respond with a good work ethic (1 Cor. 7:23). We must adjust our mindset to see work as an opportunity to please Him, and in so doing, be a blessing to those around us. As an employee we are called to Diligence! This allows us to operate with our best for Christ's highest with excitement and passion in order to complete our work and call fromrepparttar 127024 Lord. It is practical obedience, which isrepparttar 127025 loving of our call andrepparttar 127026 pursuing of our work so we are doing our best for His glory. (Prov. 10:4; Rom. 12:11; Colossians 3:23)

Here are some more Scriptures about being an employee: Exodus 23:12; 35:2; Proverbs 10:26; 25:13; Ecclesiastes 2:4; 5:12; Colossians 3:17,22-25; 2 Thessalonians 3:10; 1 Timothy 6:2; Titus 2:9,10; 1 Peter 2: 18-20

God's Call Forrepparttar 127027 Employer

God honors diligence and fairness. As an employer you are called to Diligence and to Fairness! These arerepparttar 127028 two characteristics we are to have inrepparttar 127029 workplace, and are especially essential forrepparttar 127030 manager. God hatesrepparttar 127031 exploitation of people and will judge with severity those who do exploit others. So, why bother withrepparttar 127032 rotten characters of dishonesty and exploitation when we can have a much more efficient and happy workplace, whererepparttar 127033 workers are cared for and encouraged to produce instead of being forced and made to condescend.

Here are some more Scriptures about being an employer: Leviticus 19: 13; Deuteronomy 24:4,14; Proverbs 27: 18; Malachi 3:5; Luke 10:7; 1 Corinthians 9: 6-12; Ephesians 6:8; Colossians 3:17; 4:1; 1 Timothy 5:17,18

After readingrepparttar 127034 above selected Scriptures, ask yourself these questions:

Q: What attitudes, desires, and habits do you have that need to be changed?

Q: How can you be encouraged by God's truths and encourage those who are inrepparttar 127035 workplace?

Q: What warning is God giving you?

Q: How can you lead a distinctive lifestyle inrepparttar 127036 workplace?

On The Road To Damascus

Written by Angelique Watkins

I seerepparttar Road to Damascus...and yes I have seen whatrepparttar 127005 media is saying but I am putting my trust in Jesus/Yeshua.

Onrepparttar 127006 road to Damascus

1. A supernatural event

2. God spoke in Hebrew to Saul

3. It is hard to kick againstrepparttar 127007 prick

Paul(Saul): his first name was Saul. Both of his parents were Jews. He was sent to Jerusalem for his education, and became a very learned and prominent Pharisee. What befell him as he journeyed to Damascus, is related three times inrepparttar 127008 Acts, first byrepparttar 127009 historian in his own person, then in two addresses made by St. Paul at Jerusalem after our Saviour/Messiah's death, which makes him speak of himself "born out of due time."

The Acts of The Apostles: None ofrepparttar 127010 12 apostles were, humanly speaking, fitted to preachrepparttar 127011 gospel torepparttar 127012 cultivated Gentile world. God raised up another instrument amongrepparttar 127013 highly educated and zealous Pharisees. The preparation of Saul of Tarsus forrepparttar 127014 work to be done,repparttar 127015 progress of that work in his hand, his journeyings, preachings and perils, his stripes and imprisonments, his testifying in Jerusalem, and being brought to testify at Rome, these are subjects ofrepparttar 127016 latter half ofrepparttar 127017 book, of whichrepparttar 127018 great central figure isrepparttar 127019 Apostle Paul.


Acts 26:12: Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission fromrepparttar 127020 chief priests,

Acts 26:13: At midday, O king, I saw inrepparttar 127021 way a light from heaven, aboverepparttar 127022 brightness ofrepparttar 127023 sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.


Acts 9:3: And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven.

Acts 22:6: And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.

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