God’s Big 10

It’s GOD @ WORK WEEK here on GUWG, where all week long we’ve been taking an in-depth look at what the Bible says about the wonderful world of work.

Today’s topic: The Ten Commandments @ Work.

Most companies have values statements. They get put on a nice plaque, hung in a conference room and then promptly forgotten. My guess is that if you asked employees to recite ’em, only a tiny fraction could. And only a tiny fraction of that would actually live ’em out.

Want to see God’s values statement? Check out the timeless truths in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). Do you know ’em by heart? Do you live ’em out? If not, you might want to ask yourself this additional question:

Am I really working for God?

How could these commandments — written several thousand years ago before the invention of the cell phone, the computer or even Twitter — possibly apply to today’s world? I humbly suggest that you pray through ’em yourself and ask God that question.

For what it’s worth, here’s what I came up with . . .

  1. Always put God first.
  2. Don’t make work an idol.
  3. Never misuse God’s name.
  4. Take some time off (at least Sundays).
  5. Honor your mom and dad (why not call ’em over your lunch break?).
  6. Don’t think murderous thoughts about your boss, co-workers or anyone else.
  7. Don’t lust after anyone.
  8. Don’t steal from the company (that includes pens, paper and post-its).
  9. Don’t lie.
  10. Don’t covet your co-worker’s jobs, cubicles or anything else.

American Idols

Dear children, keep yourself from idols. 1 John 5:21

God wants us to remove anything in our lives that gets in the way of our relationship with Him. Anything.

The first two commandments make that pretty clear: “You shall have no other gods before me” and “You shall not make for yourself an idol” (Exodus 20:3-4). God knows what’s best. Over and over, He warns His people to flee from idols. Over and over, His people ignore Him.

What exactly is an “idol”? The Bible uses various ways to communicate the ultimate emptiness of idols, including words that can be translated “false god,” “thing of nothing,” and my personal favorite “dung pellets.” In short, they’re things of zero value that we’re tempted to follow instead of God.

Take a good look around you today. See any potential idols? Money? Stuff? Work? Happiness? Sports? Other people? Yourself?