2002-06-30 - Passages about Work Ethics
Sometimes we "compartmentalize" our lives. I have heard people say things
like "oh, I try to live like a Christian, but work is the real world. The
Bible just doesn't work there.'" But as these passages show, our work ethics
actually affect not only our witness, but what people think of our Lord.
God wants our entire lives to be lived for Him, and that includes work. Today
we will read passages related to work. All Scriptures are taken from the
New American Standard Bible (NASB).
Col. 3:18 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything
in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through
Col. 3:23-24 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as
for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive
the reward the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Eph. 4:28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather
he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will
have something to share with one who has need.
Ecc. 4:4-6 I have seen that every labor and every skill
which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This
too is vanity and striving after wind.
The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. One hand full of rest
is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.
Col. 4:1 Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness,
knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.
Col. 3:22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your
masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men,
but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
1 Peter 2:18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with
all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those
who are unreasonable.
1 Tim. 6:1 All who are under the yoke as slaves are to
regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and
our doctrine will not be spoken against.