“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle
Our actions are a function of who we are. People around you will get to know who you are and what are your characteristics through your actions. Whatever is within you has to be revealed through your actions.
The arena where we have a large audience to witness our actions is at our workplace, where we spend more than one-third of our lives working 8 to 10 hours a day.
The quality of work that we do daily at workplace is a very critical indicator of who we are and totally determines how your colleagues categorize you.
In Ephesians 2:10 Paul says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (emphasis mine)
As Christians whatever work we do it has to be good, as per the above verse.
God’s self-evaluation system
In Genesis, we read that God always looked at his work each day and declared that it was good. (Genesis 1:4) God’s work was always excellent and good. He has left us an example of how we should work and do self evaluation of our work to see if it’s good or not.
Each day as we complete our work, wouldn’t it be good practise to look back at all the work we have done for that day and declare that it was ‘good’? This self evaluation will help us keep track of the quality of our work that we do. Definitely, this will help us to improve and grow our excellence every day. And ultimately bring glory to God’s name.
Light of the world
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
We are called to be the light of the world. There are many ways we can light up this world. I believe that one of the ways is through our skills and excellence at the workplace. Our skills and how we deploy them at the workplace will bring glory to God.
As mentioned in Matthew 5: 15, we shouldn’t hide the light under a bushel. In this case, we should display our God-given skills at the workplace. Excellent skills will propel one’s career forward and will enable one to get better positions or promotions. In this way we can be ‘set on the hill’ where we cannot be hidden. Colleagues and our bosses cannot ignore us since we will become shining lights that will brighten the team.
Moreover, we should be in the habit of acquiring new skills that’s needed for our work or industry. Always remember that your career is a moving target. It’s imperative that we keep updating and learning new skills to stay relevant in the workplace. And ultimately use our skills to bring glory to God.
I believe that the above principles of self-evaluation of our daily work and deploying our skills will help each of us be a good worker at our workplace. If you have any other ideas of how we can be witnesses for Christ at our workplace, please do share them in the comments.