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The Christian in the Workplace

“Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is slave or free.
And you masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with him.” (Ephesians 6:5-9)

In this passage, the apostle Paul emphasizes Christian character toward our jobs. Christ has expectations of every follower, no matter which rung of the ladder they hold. Whether the master or the slave, the employer or the employee, the boss or the one being bossed.

He tells the servants they are to work with sincerity of heart, not with eye-service as men-pleasers. This phrase talks of one who works hard when the boss is around, but is lazy and a slacker when nobody is watching. Such an individual is only worried about not getting in trouble and will do exactly the amount of work necessary, no more, no less. This worker is only interested in self, and everyone around knows it.

Paul writes that the character of a Christian is seen when he does everything to the best of his ability, no matter who is watching. The Christian recognizes he/she is in the service of God and therefore will do the work of God from the heart at all times.

However, the Master is also told to do the same thing. Just because you are the boss does not mean you get to do whatever you want without consideration of Christ. For there is no partiality with God. He will treat the master the same as the slave, the boss the same as the employee. Therefore, the heart of the master must also be focused on service to Christ, and it must show in the way others are treated.

So, does your Christian character show in the workplace?

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Have You Removed the Dross?

Wise King Solomon wrote, “Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel; take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness” (Pro. 25:4-5).

In order to purify silver to the point that it could be used or sculpted, the silver ore would be melted by fire. When that was done the dross (impurities, refuse) would be brought to the top where they could be removed and what was left was pure silver that could be fashioned for whatever purpose was needed. However, as long as the dross remained within the silver, both the value and usefulness of the metal was greatly diminished.

Solomon takes this principle and applies it to counselors of kings. He says that if you take away the wicked people (the dross) from a place of influence before the king, his throne will be established in righteousness. It has often been proven that, if you know who is giving a ruler (whether he be a king, president, CEO, etc.) counsel and guidance, you can know what kind of ruler he will be. The people that he trusts the most will be the people that reflect his morals and principles. This concept is certainly seen in the Scriptures with such examples as Rehoboam (1 Kings 12) who, instead of heeding his father’s counselors decided to listen to his own that were closer to his age. The results were catastrophic for his kingdom, and fulfilled the prophecies God had made before the death of his father.

However, let us take this same basic principle and make some applications for us. For we can take the exact same argument Solomon applies to kings and make a parallel application to the lives of each individual when it comes to their friends. A person’s friends are the ones that will first be approached for help, advice, and direction. Show off an individual’s friends (true personal friends, not social media), and people are able to see what kind of person that individual is and what they value most in life.

Therefore, it is essential that we remove the dross (evil influences) from our friendships. The Christian who seeks to follow Christ will not be surrounded by people who do not love, appreciate, and consider the things of Christ. Paul stated that, “evil companionships corrupt good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33), and Peter reported the effect that a life of serving Christ has upon those old friends who do not hold the same values (1 Pet. 4:3-6).

Beyond our friendships, however, there is another area in which this parable applies: the attitudes and actions of life. As we seek to serve Christ we must seek to mold our lives after his example. In order to do that, we must first be willing to remove the dross from our lives so that we can be the right material for that molding. The Colossians were told: “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator” (Col. 3:5-10). Before we can be fashioned after the manner of Christ into the kind of person God wants, we must first remove the dross so that we may approach him with purity and holiness (Rom. 12:1-2).

Have you removed the dross?

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