How To Transform Your Workplace

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

workplace conflict

Work as a representative of God. This sounds simple, yet how many of us actually go to work with this mindset every day? What would happen if every morning before we went to work we prayed and asked the Lord to help us represent him well? To be honest, I would be a better steward of my time, whether I had to punch a clock or not. I would not take an extra 15 minutes for lunch, or an extra 5 minutes on my coffee break. I would take greater care in how I treat my coworkers. I would treat my boss with greater respect.

So why don't we actually work that way all the time? I believe it is because we are representing ourselves rather than God. We are doing it for us rather than him. Our work is done according to our salary level instead of our identity. We work to fulfill a job description instead of our character description. We talk about job performance, but never mention character performance. We reward employees for a job well done, but not the quality of their character. A big part of the problem is we put all our focus on what we do and very little on the kind of people we are while we are doing our work. Have you ever worked with people that excel at their job, but are utter failures when it comes to dealing with people? They get the job done, but at what cost? I liken this to putting lipstick on a pig. No matter how well you dress it up, it is still a pig. The lipstick actually ends up mocking the fact that it is just a pig.

Colossians 3:23 says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." That is the key. You may have to answer to a supervisor, but in the grander scheme of eternity, you answer to an even higher authority. Perhaps you are the boss. Maybe everyone has to answer to you and you are at the top. That does not exclude you from this principle. In fact, I believe that the greater degree of your responsibility, the greater the expectations are placed on you. With this in mind, represent God well as the boss. Treat your employees the way God would treat them. Show them an example of Godly character and model this principle to those you lead. Understand that this is not your business and these are not your employees. It all belongs to God and you are simply his steward. If character is missing at the top, it will eventually infect the entire operation.

It's not about what you do. It's about who you are! If you are going to successfully walk in character at work, whether you are a CEO, department manager, pastor, schoolteacher, janitor or stay-at-home mom, you must strive to do whatever it is you do in the context of who you are in Christ. This is the mindset that Peter is addressing in 1 Peter 2:9. You are a Royal Priesthood, first and foremost, and whatever you do for a living must be done out of that primary identity. If we could grab hold of this concept to the fullest, it would revolutionize our workplaces. Because you are a member of God's Holy Priesthood, you will naturally do a better job. You will treat your co-workers with respect. You will be honest. You will be the kind of employee your company cannot afford to lose.

The workplace is full of people who spend all of their time trying to prove who they are. They constantly try to prove to everyone else how smart they are. They are quick to tell anyone who will listen about their qualifications, their education, and every success story of their vast career as experts. To top it off, they are also the first to point out the lack of ability, knowledge, and expertise of everyone around them. Have you ever worked with someone like that? I have, unfortunately many times, and I have worked in a church setting my entire career. The vast majority of people today are representatives of self. We are called to be different. We are called to a higher calling—to be representatives of God. When others see us, they should see him. Our job performance and work ethic should be a reflection of the character of God himself. This will transform our workplaces.



The above post is an excerpt from my eBook Living the Transformed Life which is available on Amazon.com. Click on the the picture to the left where you can view a sample chapter or purchase a copy to read on any digital device or computer.





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