There are times in life our circumstances don’t seem fair even though we are following the Lord. When the believer handles these situations well, it “is a gracious thing in the sight of God.” But let’s be honest. There are times when believers are habitually late, waste time, are poor team players, don’t pull their weight on a project, demonstrate a bad attitude, and perform poorly. If any of those things describe you, don’t cry foul when you are confronted.
1 Peter 2:20
For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.
Speaking in terms of the harsh reality of his day, Peter made it clear that being punished for improper behavior does not deserve a badge of honor. Don’t claim “spiritual persecution” for incompetency, laziness, or poor performance.
The believer should be the best employee in the company. They should be characterized by professionalism and preparedness. They must be dependable and a hard worker. Christian educators should be great teachers who love their students. Christian doctors should be skillful and caring. Christian engineers should be precise and personable. Christian lawyers should demonstrate expertise and honesty. Our jobs are not occupations but vocations, not careers but callings. And the One we finally report to doesn’t sit in the corner office but on the throne of heaven! Honor him with your work!
Father, help us be the best employees we can possibly be. May our integrity be such that we work just as hard when no one is watching as when the “boss” is in the room. Remind us that you are always in the room. In Jesus’ name. Amen.