Shine NOW! Magazine June Issue 2016 June 2016 Issue 1 Volume 1 - Page 12

How to Represent Christ in the Workplace by: Dr. Rita Fields T oday's work environment is not just a trip, it’s a journey! Truly. There is so much stuff going on that complicates effective navigation for the typical worker. This can be especially tricky for Christians. Despite the challenges that seem to continually erupt, it is entirely possible for Christians to work in a way that glorifies God and also provides a model for others on how to do so. There are many areas that we can focus on in the workplace that correlate with scripture. Let's explore some of them below: WORK ETHIC I have worked in corporate America for 20 years. I've seen and heard a lot. There is a lot of hyperbole in the workplace. One of the most common areas concerns work ethic. It is very rare to encounter a person who feels that they do not have a good work ethic. 12 However, the “Christians can millions of people who are terminated absolutely (for cause) speak to successfully the contrary. Many people compare navigate the their work ethic to workplace.” those around them as opposed to comparing themselves to a defined standard. Christians are offered standards in the Bible. Colossians 3:23 says, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men" (English Standard Version). This is a critical scripture that many of us forget in the heat of the typical workday. I certainly have. It is so easy to get so caught up in office politics or in achieving the goals of the organization. While there is certainly nothing wrong with being aware of those things, they are never