“Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God. Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free.”
Ephesians 6:5-8 MES
With the above mandate in mind, Christians should be ideal employees right? Well you and I both know that is not always the case. I am sure you have seen a Christian whose personal mission was to get everyone in your organization saved, but on company time. You will find them preaching, praying, and prophesying when they should be working.
Or maybe you’ve known a Christians who is a poor performer. They are seldom on time, rarely meet deadlines, and their finished products normally need improvements.
Then there is my favorite, the Christian who is difficult to work with. They are characterized by interpersonal conflict, an un-cooperative spirit, and an all-around bad aura.
Finally there are the 70% of Christians who totally separate their Christianity from work. They may be recognized as stellar performers, but they make no mention of their relationship to Christ.
Hopefully none of these descriptions fit you, but if they do then it’s time to develop a Kingdom Mentality in the Workplace.
What is a Kingdom Mentality?
A kingdom mentality is a mindset to bring Christ glory through your attitude and performance in the workplace. It is striking the right balance between attitude, performance, and conviction that causes your employer to profit, brings you recognition & promotion, and gives God glory.
I have served as a manager and a leader in the military, corporate and in nonprofit organizations for over 25 years and one of my greatest delights is having a good employee. On the contrary, I will admit having a “misplaced” worker can be a stressful challenge. But personally when I see a Christian struggle or excel but hide their spiritual beliefs, it strikes a heart chord within. When I analyze it, it normally boils down to behavior and heart; two areas the God expects us to align according to His Word.
When it comes to developing a kingdom mentality there are basically three things we must keep in mind.
1. We are ambassadors for Christ
On the job we represent Christ. That doesn’t mean we are to “do the work of an evangelist” when we should be doing the work of the job description. You get paid to perform.
We best represent Christ in the workplace by stellar performance. God has anointed you for the job. That means that He has empowered you to perform at a level of excellence that will bring you recognition that results in promotion and increase.
On the other side of the token, people should be well aware of our spiritual beliefs. God expects you to share your convictions and testimony when it’s appropriate. God does not have a “Secret Service.
2. God is our source, not your employer.
God is our source for life and provision, not our job. That means that no matter what goes on with the economy, government funding streams, or our organizations leadership we are secure knowing that God is our provider. This allows us to remain emotionally free to perform at our best even when the company is talking lay-off. We are also free to leave an organization no matter how well it pays.
3. We work for The Lord
God is our boss and He sees everything. He sees when you are late, or when you haven’t done your best. He also sees when you stayed late, and someone else has taken credit for your best. The beauty of having Him for a boss is that He will ensure you get what you deserve.
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.