The Bible has plenty to say about the way a Christian functions in the workplace. In addition to Christian virtues like integrity, reliability, and industry, it provides direct commands for employees (in our context) to submit to their employers (Ephesians 6:5-8; Col 3:22-25). Thus, I’ve argued during a number of sermons that the Christian should be “the best employee his company has.”
That sounds fine, but a recent conversation I had makes me doubt if it’s really true. The Christian’s values may sometimes actually prevent him from working as hard as unbelievers, who may be willing to prioritize their work over family and faith in a way the believer cannot. Must not. Most jobs will include long hours (at least on occasion), business trips, times on call, etc. So we work hard, thankful to even have a job. But our careers cannot be our obsession, whether the motivation be getting promoted or getting ahead. Being the guy in the office who never says no to an assignment could actually indicate worldliness, covetousness, and unwholesome ambition rather than Christian virtue.
Scripture calls for faithfulness in the workplace, but for some, working too hard could become as sinful as not working hard enough.
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