It’s GOD @ WORK WEEK here on GUWG, where we’ve been examining what the Bible says about the wonderful world of work.
We’ll conclude by issuing an updated version of our employee handbook. Print it out. Post it in your cube. Pray through it daily.
GOD’S EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK
God’s the Boss. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)
Pray, Pray, Pray. “Pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Love, Love, Love. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)
Honesty is the Best Policy. “The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.” (Proverbs 11:1) Speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15)
Be Humble. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself.” (Philippians 2:3)
Be Gentle. “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” (Philippians 4:5)
Be Joyful. “Be joyful always.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
Be Diligent. “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” (Proverbs 6:6)
Listen More Than You Talk. “A wise man listens to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15) “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19)
Spread Encouragement. “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” (Proverbs 12:25) “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)
Don’t Spread Gossip. “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.” (Proverbs 20:19) “Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.” (Proverbs 26:20)
Don’t Grumble. “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” (Philippians 2:14)
Don’t Worry. “Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.” (Proverbs 3:25-26)
Follow God’s Big 10. Always put God first. Don’t make work an idol. Never misuse God’s name. Take some time off (at least Sundays). Don’t think murderous thoughts about your boss, co-workers or anyone else. Don’t lust after anyone. Don’t steal from the company (that includes pens, paper and post-its). Don’t lie. Don’t covet your co-workers’ jobs, cubicles or anything else.
Seek God’s Advice and Give Him All the Glory. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5)