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.


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