Keep Your Job, and Earn a Promotion! (4)
“Work from the heart for your real Master…God.” Col 3:22 TM
Keeping your job and earning a promotion calls for:
(1) Initiative. Think outside the box. Better still, throw the old box away and ask God for a new one! Intelligence is more than just IQ. The average employee with initiative will always excel over the degreed one without it. If you don’t believe it, read history. Education alone won’t make you productive, but the Spirit and the Word of God will. Paul writes, “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes” (Eph 4:23 NLT). Peter writes, “I have written…to stimulate you to wholesome thinking” (2Pe 3:1 NIV). Let God stimulate your mind with ideas that make you an in-demand employee.
(2) Perseverance. What is it? It’s the energy and desire to achieve; it’s motivation, determination, commitment, faithfulness, patience, resilience in the face of difficulty, and a willingness to work hard. Those who avoid the more demanding route and choose the easy way are costly to employ, decrease morale, reduce quality, and lessen the company’s productivity. Paul challenges his readers to persevere in their assignment. “Here is my advice…you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now” (2Co 8:10-11 NLT).
(3) Respect. Always consider the rights and needs of others. Treat them sensitively, kindly, courteously, and within the limits of law, conscience and Scripture. “Do what you’re told by your earthly masters…Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God.” When you become such a worker God guarantees your financial security and professional success.