I used to think that the only way to glorify God at work was by evangelizing to my co-workers. If my co-workers weren’t converted, God wasn’t glorified. I later realized that evangelizing to my co-workers was simply one of the many ways to glorify God at work.
As long as it isn’t sinful, we can glorify God by doing any kind of job. Don’t put too much emphasis on your status as an employee as it relates to society. If you have a high status, it may go to your head; if you have a low one, it may go to your heart. Don’t let it.
Your identity is in what Jesus has done for you, not what you do for a living. “In the Old Testament, God was a Gardener; in the New Testament, he came as a Carpenter.” There is no menial work. Whether you’re the CEO of a company, or you’re an employee at a restaurant, the status isn’t the big thing, but God’s glory is.
“Whatever you do,” Paul says, “work heartily as for the Lord, and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
Keep your eyes focused on his glory.
Mark Twain once said,
“Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.”
Although there may be days when we feel like he got it right, we know God has ordained work as a stewardship of his created world (Genesis 1:28; 2:15). He has designed work for his glory and our good. But how might we glorify God at work?
This list is not exhaustive, but here are 15 ways you can glorify God in the workplace:
1. Work Unto The Lord
Colossians 3:23 says,
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
This is the foundation that every believer should try to encompass. When we work, we should do what our superiors say, of course, but when we do what we are instructed to do, we should do it whole-heartedly for the Lord. It is a blessing to have a job and He deserves nothing but our best effort every day.
2. Be Punctual
One way of glorifying God is by showing up on time every day. If you want to even be taken seriously on just a work level, you need to show up on time. When your fellow workers see you always on time, they learn to trust you.
3. Encompass the Fruits of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-23a says,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
This verse really shows the core values that we should all aspire to attain in their fullest form.
4. Be Creative
The creative omniscience of God is what started everything. We are created in His image (Gen 9:6b) and are also able to use our creative talents for His glory. A good, creative idea is always welcome in your superior’s eyes.
Find new ways to promote safety in the workplace or think of procedures that could potentially speed up production and lower costs. If you succeed in being creative, a promotion may be a possibility for you. More importantly, God will be overjoyed with your willingness to make things better at work, and He will be glorified thorough it.
5. Always Speak the Truth
Ephesians 4:15a says,
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”
Don’t act like those who lie.When you gain the reputation for being truthful, you will definitely be seen as trustworthy and that will help others learn to count on you. More importantly, your Father in heaven will be pleased with you.
6. Stand for Christ
In all things at all times, stay loyal to Christ. This can be hard sometimes, but an easy life is not promised in the Bible.
7. Depend on God
Go to work utterly dependent on God (Proverbs 3:5-6; John 15:5). Without Him you can’t breathe, move, think, feel, or talk. Not to mention be spiritually influential. Get up in the morning and let God know your desperation for Him. Pray for help.
8. Show Integrity
Be absolutely and meticulously honest and trustworthy on the job. Be on time. Give a full day’s work. “Thou shalt not steal.” More people rob their employers by being slackers than by filching the petty cash.
9. Develop your Skills
Get good at what you do. God has given you not only the grace of integrity but the gift of skills. Treasure that gift and be a good steward of those skills. This growth in skill is built on dependence and integrity.
10. Shape your Workplace
As you have influence and opportunity; shape the ethos of the workplace so that the structures and policies and expectations and aims move toward accordance with Christ.
11. Make Impact
Aim to help your company have an impact that is life-enhancing without being soul-destroying.
12. Communicate with Others
Work places are webs of relationships. Relationships are possible through communication. Weave your Christian worldview into the normal communications of life. Don’t hide your light under a basket. Put it on the stand.
13. Show Love
Serve others. Take an interest in others at work. Be known as the one who cares. Love your workmates, and point them to the great Burden Bearer.
14. Sow your Money
Work is where you make (and spend) money. It is all God’s, not yours. You are a trustee. Turn your earning into the overflow of generosity in how you steward God’s money. Don’t work to earn to have. Work to earn to have to give and to invest in Christ-exalting ventures. Make your money speak of Christ as your supreme Treasure.
15. Give Thanks
Always give thanks to God for life and health and work and Jesus. Be a thankful person at work. Don’t be among the complainers. Let your thankfulness to God overflow in a humble spirit of gratitude to others. Be known as the hope-filled, humble, thankful one at work.
There are more things to say about glorifying God in the workplace. But this is a start. Add to the list as God gives you light. The point is: Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink or work, do all to make God look as great as He really is.
I hope and pray that you can find ways to glorify God at work.