Here are four ways you can glorify God while you’re at work.
A Godly Work Ethic
If we claim to be Christian at work and yet don’t work like one, we’re showing our co-workers that Christians are no different from the rest of the world. What if a Christian faced a decision to either do something unethical (wrong) or face the risk of losing their job? Of course, the Christian would have to risk losing their job in order to obey what they know to be right. A godly work ethic is one that speaks volumes about our faith in God and that we are not going to compromise with sin.
The Christian should not even hesitate to give it all they’ve got at work as the Apostle Paul writes, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Col 3:23-34). This is basically what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 9:10, where he wrote, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”
Being Salt and Light
Jesus tells His followers that we are the light of the world but also the salt of the earth, however “if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet” (Matt 5:13b) and since we are the light of the world that shines into the darkness because “A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”(Matt 5:15-16).
Be an Ambassador
Once a person has trusted in Christ, they have become a new creation in Christ (2nd Cor 5:17), and as new creations and children of God, “we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2nd Cor 5:20). An ambassador represents their own country and our country is a heavenly country and not an earthly one, so if we are truly ambassadors for Christ at work, others might be drawn to this new kingdom, the New Jerusalem, which will descend out of heaven someday (Rev 21:1-2).
We are created to glorify God and we can do that at work by having a sterling work ethic; by working as hard as we can, even when no one’s looking; when we get our salt out of the shaker and our light out from under a basket; and be an ambassador for Christ in the hopes of bringing others into the kingdom. These can all glorify God.