Work – World Codes!

SCRIPTURE: He who tends a fig-tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honoured. (Proverbs 27:18 NIV)

Let us look at some ethical issues to gird us in the way we work, based on Col. 3:22-4:1. Paul’s letters have much to say to believers as we live out our faith in the work world. Paul usually speaks to both leaders and workers about the tough character and choices required to honour Christ in a difficult workplace environment. For example:

Guidelines for Workers and Those Under Authority
Don’t try to get out of your current situation too quickly – 1 Cor. 7:17-24
View stress and trouble in perspective – 2 Cor. 4:7-18

Develop respect for authority – Rom. 13:1-8
Do your work wholeheartedly and respectfully – Eph.6:5-8; 1 Thess. 5:12-15
Give your employers obedient, hard work – Col. 3:22-25; 1 Thess. 4:11-12
Honour bosses, whether they are believers or not – 1 Tim. 6:1-2

Develop a reasonable self-estimate – Rom. 12:3
Acknowledge differences and accept the contributions of others – 1 Cor. 12:1-8
Help others, but do your job – Gal. 6:1-5
Learn to speak appropriately and sensitively – Col. 4:6
Understand others and treat them respectfully – 1 Tim. 5:1-3
Develop a reputation for good relationships – Titus 3:1-2

Give your whole self to God – Rom. 12:1
Develop the art of discernment in order to live responsibly – Eph. 5:15-18
Do your work as if working for God – 1 Cor. 3:13; Col.3:17
Don’t let your responsibilities weigh you down with worry – Phil. 4:6
Take responsibility for yourself – 1 Thess. 4:11-12; 2 Thess. 3:8-9
Develop a godly “work style” – Titus 2:9-10
Live frugally and do not steal – including pilfering – Eph. 4:28
Care for your family – 1 Tim. 5:8

This article was inspired by notes and articles on Work in the Bible – NKJV by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)

Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
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