Does having a Christian world view effect the way we handle ourselves in our workplace? Absolutely, it affects us in all sorts of ways. It affects the way I handle myself in my place of business. My words are affected by it, my actions, composure, temperament, etc. The Bible says “God created man in his own image (Genesis 1:27)” If we truly believe this statement and comprehend its meaning we know that this verse is not simply referring to our outward appearance alone but our actions as well. Having this knowledge should give us a better understanding of how we should act and live our life trying to portray Jesus not just in church on Sundays but in our everyday lives including the workplace. Interacting In the Workplace
In business you must first gain trust from you clients if you want repeat business. I am pursing a bakery business and have been baking professionally from my home for many years now. One thing I have learned and my business motto so to speak is “customer service can make or break your business”. This motto is also stated in the Bible “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8)”
Having a business and making it successful is stressful in its self, however if we are living a true Christian worldview then we know we are created in Gods image. “Then God said, “Let us make man[a] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. (Genesis 1:26-31)” God also stated in that verse that we are given dominion on everything on earth. I believe in order to receive this truth and make my business prosper I must obey the Ten Commandments that God has instructed us to follow.
Christian Job Performance
Following Jesus is a tough act to follow. Jesus lived a perfect life free from sin. We will all have our ups and downs; the Bible said we will all have our ups and downs; the Bible says “We will all fall short of the Glory of God. (Romans 3:23)” This scripture is letting us know that we will not always do the right things make the right choices but he will always be there to help us when we do fall. I know firsthand that a having a successful business can be stressful. To have a successful I must be trustworthy with co-workers and customers and quality in products and services.
Cheating, stealing and embezzlement are breaking God’s Commandments. If we are made in God’s image we should have a business with an honest reputation. I have applied many verses in my daily to day life with regards to my business; one of them being “Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent. (Deuteronomy 16.19)” Temptation seems to comes along when times get tough, but if we remain personifying the image of God and trust that God will get us through those tough times. He will make sure we have abundant blessings.
God expects us to be faithful and loyal in all areas of our life; after all we are representing him. Owning a business as a Christian I try to be as fair and cost efficient as possible. I make sure that I am giving my customers and re-peat customers the best deals I can without jeopardizing the quality of the items I am baking for them. If I advertised homemade, from scratch cakes and really sold pre-packaged cakes, how would I be portraying God? Would I be acting in the image of God? The Bible says “But his master answered him, ‘you wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:26-30)” This specific scripture is relevant in any occupation. I want to represent my business with integrity and be a reflection of God. I do not want to be known as his worthless servant. I want to have an abundance of talents and have God on my side.