Stewardship at Work
seen in the fact that it reflects God’s work in creation (Exod. 20:9-11). Also, nowhere in the bible is it stated that mental work is in a higher category than manual work–the God-Man Himself was a carpenter.
2. Work is a God-ordained means of assisting Him in providing for our own physical needs and those of others. “Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need” (Eph. 4:28).
3. Our identity is not determined by our work but by our who God says we are in Christ. Many people define themselves in terms of their job and their performance.
4. God expects us to work hard, but not to overwork. While slothfulness is condemned in both testaments, it is just as wrong to get so wrapped up in our work that we lose sight of our highest priority to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33).
5. Stewardship relates not only to our time and talents at work, but also to our time and talents at leisure. It is wise to seek a balance between no rest at all and total passivity. The attitude of working for God rather than for men can make us better stewards of our time and efforts at work. It can overcome the anger and bitterness that comes from working under people who treat us unfairly. “Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly” (1 Pet. 2:18-19). Employees are responsible to render service as unto the Lord and to be obedient and faithful in the use of company time (see 1 Tim. 6:1-2). Employers are responsible to treat their people with respect and equity, to pay them a fair wage, and to be sensitive to their needs (see Lev. 19:13; Col. 4:1). Through our work, we can become stewards of God and gifts to our neighbors. In this way, the spiritual dimension is added to the secular; by the grace of God, human tasks take on a new value. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Col. 3:17)