Leaders - Professional
Some of us have incredible bosses. Others of us… not so much. Yet, whether their leaders are great—or not so great—the apostle Paul instructs working believers to “…regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled” (1 Timothy 6:1).
This means my conduct as an employee is a direct reflection of my faith as a believer. If my boss can’t trust my conduct at work, why should they trust anything I say about God? Paul also instructs us that we should, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24).
Some want to be in what they call “full-time ministry” because they think only then will they be able to serve God. But according to Paul, what we do on our job is serving Christ if we do it diligently unto Him. And what a great opportunity it offers us to evangelize our work communities by building the reputation of an honest, hard worker!? So whether you’re struggling at work or you love your job, you can pray something like this to help you serve your boss and your team:
Father, thank you for the job you have blessed me with and the coworkers you have called me to serve. I pray that you will direct us, as a team, to succeed and serve with integrity in all that we do. Help me to own my role and respect the role of my boss, working diligently so that their job can become less difficult. Help me to be a light among my coworkers and let my work reflect my faith in you, giving credibility to my Christian witness among my team. I ask all these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.