Work, it’s something we do a lot of. I am not sure if you have ever figured it up, but on a 40 hour work week, you will spend over 2,000 hours a year working. Over 30 years that amounts to roughly 62,000 hours or 2,600 straight days at work. I think it is safe to say that work is a big part of our lives.
Work is also a necessary part of our lives because without work we wouldn’t survive. We have to pay for the place live, the food we eat, the car we drive, the clothes we wear, and the things we do. So work is not only a big part of our lives, it’s a necessity.
Since we work so much, and retirement is far away for most of us, it’s important we have a biblical understanding of work.
How Should Christians Work?
(5) As Christians, employers must recognize they are ultimately accountable to God
In the second half of verse 1 of chapter 4, Paul says this,
“…knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.” (Col 4:1b)
Just as employees are accountable to God and should work for Him, so should employers. They too have a master in heaven that they are answerable to. Knowing they are accountable to God should drive how they treat and interact with their employees.
So as we have seen, work is a big part of our day and life. We are going to spend at least 62 thousand hours working. As Christians, we can’t separate our church life from our work life. They two have to be one. We have to allow the Bible to influence the way we work.
While we don’t have time in this post to cover all the ways the Bible should influence our work, applying these five ideas are a good start.
Question for Reflection
- Are you working from a Christian perspective?
Post adapted from my sermon How Should We Work from a Christian Perspective?