We were created by God and we were saved through God’s grace. Both were God’s gifts to us, without us having to do a single thing. The number and grandness of our works have no sway on whether God grants us the gift of being saved. So then, why should we care about doing good works?
Our instruction in Matthew 5:16 is explicit, “let your light shine before others,” but we’re not lamps or lighthouses, so what does it look like to shine our light at work?
Regardless of the nature of our jobs or our position within our organization, we all have a deeply rooted desire for our work to be valued.
Life is simultaneously beautiful, painful, and monotonous. For me, more often than not, it is easy to view my work as monotonous and, at times, painful. For a long time, I viewed my work as just something that I had to do to pay the bills. I am encouraged by the fact that Solomon felt the same way about his work. Solomon hated his toil. He hated the fact that someone would come take over the kingdom after him and that he would no longer have control over it.
It’s easy to assume that everyone knows we should serve each other, especially as Christians. But as leaders in the workplace, we should actively remind others of the importance of serving others and putting our thoughts and words into action.
For 20 years, David Roth has helped others integrate work and faith through Workmatters. Founder of a nonprofit that helps people live out their faith through their work, Roth focused Workmatters efforts on creating practical, not theology-based, solutions for Christians in the workplace.
Choose one area of your work to dissect. It could be your relationships, skill set, work-life balance, etc. What small steps could you take to improve that area to better reflect God?
When I think of the word integrity, I think of honesty and authenticity. Of course, we should be asking ourselves, “Am I being honest and truthful to those I work with?” But when was the last time you wondered if you were being truthful and honest with yourself?
Living out our faith at work is much more than not doing the wrong things. It’s about actively doing the right things. When we clothe ourselves in the virtues listed in these verses, we make it evident to those around us who the master is in our lives.
How do we ensure we live out these virtues instead of just getting by on being good enough?
The first of the four gospels to be written, Matthew opens the New Testament with the genealogy of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, King of the Jews. This section of the Sermon on the Mount begins with verse 19, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.” But what is treasure really?