That is a very good question. Considering Springfield, Missouri, why do most people get up every morning and go to a job? Is it to say that they have done a good days work or is it for the money? Is the motivation a job well done that one can take pride in or that the tasks are ones they enjoy? Ask those you work with, “Will you still be here if you win the lottery”? The majority would probably say that they would quit if they did not need the money. This is true of Christians and non-Christians alike.
When the e-mail from Os Hillman was opened it sparked many thoughts. These daily devotionals come with a title of Today God Is First. This is a great use of the old TGIF acronym. Hillman writes for the Christian in the work place. He included the statement “What happens on Monday has no relationship to what takes place on Sunday.” The devotional “Sacred Versus Secular” is a prime example of how those who follow the Lord differ from the world at large.
What takes place on Sunday is another way of expressing our belief that worship and Bible study should impact all of our lives. Even our work life. Most Christians have heard that Paul commanded that if a man will not work he will not eat. This is expanded in the saying “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll be fed for a lifetime.”
Charity is not a dirty word. Charity is the way the King James version of the Bible translates the Greek word Agape. Agape is one of four Greek words normally translated in modern versions as love. Agape love is the selfless love that God shows us. It is the love that sent Christ to the cross. When we love people as God loves us, we give of ourselves.
Loving people begins in our workplace. Showing fellow workers that we care about them as God does is difficult, but rewarding. Today make your work a part of ministry by loving and serving co-workers as Christ would. Make God First Today.