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 . . .
- Always put God first.
- Don’t make work an idol.
- Never misuse God’s name.
- Take some time off (at least Sundays).
- Honor your mom and dad (why not call ’em over your lunch break?).
- 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-worker’s jobs, cubicles or anything else.