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Work, done God's way

In the beginning God worked for six days creating the stars the universe, the earth and all things which inhabit the earth including mankind and then rested. Part of his Creation was a man called Adam whom God created and put in the Garden of Eden, "to work it and keep it".

God created Work as a good thing for man to do. After all Adam and Eve were given the task of taking care of God's creation, but it was sin which destroyed God's original concept of work. Work is now seen as a bad thing where the only way to get is to serve your own selfish ambitions but for Christians, work is still an area where Christians are called to shine for God.

Paul in Ephesians 6:5-9, gives both workers and bosses some specific instructions about their conduct at the workplace.

He starts out by saying, "Bond-servants, (workers) obey your earthly masters (the boss) with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart,(not an insincere worldly heart) as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bond servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bond-servant or is free." Parenthesis not in original text added for contrast.

The first words from Paul are for bond-servants who are to obey their earthly masters.. According to Got, "The word bond-servant comes from the Greek word doulos, meaning “one who is subservient to, and entirely at the disposal of, his master; a slave." says ,"the best definition for bondservant is a person who is, “devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests.” On its basic level a bondservant is simply following your master to complete disregard of your own will, emotions, desires".

A Christian is worker is one puts the will others about their desires. A Christian worker seeks to serve the their earthy boss just as they serve Christ even if the boss is a less than desirable person to work for or a person who you know has no clue as to what they're doing. Christian workers not to offer lip service nor people-pleasers.

In a parallel passage in Colossians 3:24 Paul says, " Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Work is not supposed to be a selfish ambition but an extension of God's ministry in this world where neither the prospect of money or personal acclaim are to be a workers controlling ambition. Christian workers are to be the same workers out of the bosses sight as they are when the boss is around knowing whatever good is done here will be received back from the Lord.

Paul does not leave bosses out of the work equation. In Ephesians 6: 9, Paul has a word for those who are bosses, he says, "Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him."

A Christian boss is to treat each and every employee with the utmost respect and partiality, because just like the Christian worker the Christian boss is working for God and not for themselves.

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