A Powerful Testimony At Work
Scripture: Colossians 3:22– 4:1
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THE SUPREMACY OF CHRIST
“A Powerful Testimony at Work”
“There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free,
there is neither male nor female;
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
Introduction: The workplace has the potential to build or destroy a person’s testimony. Paul in the passage today is instructing us in how we are to conduct ourselves in the workplace. He begins with God’s expectations of employees and then he moves to God’s expectations of employers.
A Word to Employees
Submit to Instruction
--with compliance to obedience (Colossians 3:22a)
Footnote: You should follow delegated authority until it conflicts with supreme authority; namely when you are asked to do something that is against God’s Word. If this happens, approach your employer with respect and express your concern as it relates to your conviction and faith. Then offer a different solution if one exists. If they insist you go against your conviction, then tell them with great respect that you must decline. Be prepared that your stand could cost you your job.
--with compliance to authority (Colossians 3:22b)
Submit to God
--through reverence (Colossians 3:22c-23)
--for an eternal reward (Colossians 3:24)
Footnote: The Proper Motivation for Employees
--serving out of discipline—“I have to serve”
--serving out of duty—“I ought to serve”
--serving out of devotion—“I want to serve”
--to avoid repercussions (Colossians 3:25)
A Word to Employers
--deferring to integrity (Colossians 4:1a)
--deferring to God (Colossians 4:1b)
--to not lead by threat nor fear (never abusive)
--to realize their authority is delegated by God and is temporary
--to realize they are no better than those they have authority over
--to respect and care for those who are under their authority
--to be Christ-like in all they do even in the workplace
--to realize that they will give an account before God for the way they handled the authority they were entrusted
Application: If you are a person in authority (employer), do you treat your employees with a servant’s heart? If you are an employee, do you treat your work as service to the Lord?
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