God cares about what happens to your business, job, career, or work. He cares about what you do, the job you perform, and your organisation.
An average worker spends more time on the job or at work than in any other place or activity in his life, including sleep. And God is concerned with where you are and how you spend your time. Therefore, your work is important to Him.
In your workplace, there will be success in whatever you do when you discover your talents, skills, and abilities and apply them where they will make the most effective contribution to humanity. You add value to people’s lives when your gifts are properly deployed.
The workplace should be our number one mission field. It is the place most of us demonstrate our beliefs and practice of Christianity. It is where we can share our faith and testimonies and exhibit our lifestyles. It is where we experience spiritual challenges. Indeed, it is the spiritual battleground for many Christians. Is the business done ethically and in accordance with the Word of God? As a matter of fact, the best place to identify a Christian is the workplace and not in the church on Sundays.
The financial reward of workers comes from the workplace. Of course, this is a major reason for working. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NAS) says, “ For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat.” Without the workplace, there will be no money in our pockets. Ecclesiastes 10:19 (NIV) says, “… money is the answer for everything.” Without money in our pockets, what can we do?
God wants His people to be prosperous and successful. It is the money we earn from the workplace that we use to take care of our needs and also support the work of the Kingdom of God. The more money we earn, the more we channel to evangelism and Christian projects. Those who are wise know that they should also give to the poor and the needy from their income. Proverbs 19:17 (NKJV) says, “He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, and He will pay back what he has given.” It is therefore God’s desire that we earn sufficient money for our needs and those of others, too.
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NKJV) says, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” In your workplace, do not forget that it is God who makes it possible for you to earn your income and glory must go to Him rather than people. He gives the ideas, strength, health, and connections needed for your business.
It is God’s desire that Christian businesses should be generating good money to be used for His purpose and glory. The income you earn by His grace should be spent to please Him. You are blessed when the money in your hands is spent for the purpose it was given. Then you can boldly ask for more and receive according to His promise. Matthew 7:7 (NKJV) says, “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.”
We must realize that God is the boss of every worker, whether the business owner, the manager, the supervisor, white-collar or blue-collar workforce. Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT) says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for the people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward and that the Master you are serving is Christ.”
Everyone is ultimately responsible to God and justly rewarded according to the services provided. God searches the heart of every worker and knows what workers do not know. Isaiah 55:8 (NIV) says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” That is why two workers may be doing exactly the same thing and earning the same salary but one is blessed, while the other is not. Jeremiah 17:10 (NKJV) says, “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” Matthew 6:18 (NKJV) says, “… and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”