Five ways Christians can stand out at work

Forgiven, adopted and loved people will change. Our lives will stand out.

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2:12

How can we do this at work? Here are five ways.

#1 Don’t Gossip

Gossip brings others down to build ourselves up. The world has to do this to get top-place. But Christians have been given all things – so have nothing to do with gossip (2 Corinthians 12:20).

#2 Honour your boss

People moan about their bosses. But God says he establishes all authority as a little picture of his authority.

The way we relate to our boss directly reflects how we relate to our Lord.

So honour them. Speak highly of them. Work hard when they’re not watching (Ephesians 6:5).

#3 Treat colleagues as people

In the ‘professional’ world, we forget ‘colleagues’ are people with hopes and dreams, loves and longings. They’re people who’ll receive eternal judgment or eternal life (Matthew 25:46).

So speak to them. Not just about the job but about them. About Jesus.

#4 Be above reproach

Dodgy stuff goes down in many workplaces. But sometimes there are grey areas. Finances, shortcuts and dubious decisions.

Even if there’s no sin involved, being caught up in grey areas can compromise our Christian witness. This is why church leaders must be above reproach (1 Timothy 3:2).

The same’s true for all Christians.

#5 Rejoice in the Lord

If anyone has reason to be glad, it’s people who’ve been saved by grace and given an eternity with the Lord.

In a grumpy world, where people often dislike their jobs, joy stands out.

So don’t moan. Even in a boring job, you can rejoice, praising God through the day for what he’s done (Philippians 4:4).