Work Force Etiquette
- Work hard and diligently!"
Never let it be said that Christ's people are poor workers." (1 Tim. 6:1)
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." (Ecc. 9:10)
"Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord." (Col. 3:17, 23-24)
(a) To provide for your own needs.
(1 Thess. 4:11-12; 2 Thess. 3:10-12, 1 Tim. 5:8)
(b) To be able to give to others. (Eph. 4:28)
(c) To enable your employer to prosper.
(Proverbs 27:23; Genesis 30:27-30; Genesis 39:1-6)
- Be obedient to your employer, not only to the kind and gentle, but even to those who are tough and harsh!"Obey in EVERYTHING those who are earthly masters, not with eye-service as men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord." (Eph. 6:5; Col. 3:22, Titus 2:9-10; 1 Peter 2:18-21)
- Give satisfactory service in every way! (Titus 2:9)
- Do not "answer back." Show respect! (1 Tim. 6:1-3; Titus 2:9)
- Do not pilfer or be light fingered but "prove yourself truly loyal and entirely reliable and faithful" (Titus 2:10)
- Do not steal by taking things of small value. (Titus 2:10)
In other words, do not help yourself to even minor things such as paper, pens, etc.
- Do not steal your employer's time. Work your full quota and go the extra mile!
Start work on time or earlier. Work longer than expected and harder than anyone else.
- Do not complain about your wages!
"Be content with your wages." (Luke 3:14; Philippians 2:14-15)
- Do your work as unto the Lord!
Work for your employer as though you were working for Christ himself. "Whatever you do, put your whole heart and soul into it, as work done for God, not merely for men-knowing you are actually employed by Christ, and not just by your earthly master." (Colossians 3:23-25)