A person’s character at work reflects their character away from work. A Christian cannot coast while at work and still be a man or woman of spiritual character because who they are on the job is really who they are off the job. This principle is presented to us through the Apostle Paul.
2 Thessalonians 3:7-10 (NIV)
7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,
8 Nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.
9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.
10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
While he was in Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul set an important example by being a hard worker. Paul described his own work ethic as one where he worked with labor and toil night and day. This intimates that Paul put every ounce of effort into his work. Paul went on to use his example as a hard worker to remind the Thessalonians that they could trust his character as a spiritual leader. They listened and trusted because they had observed the quality of Paul’s character through his willingness to work hard with the right attitude. Sometimes Christians miss out on opportunities to set a spiritual example because they have not set an example when it comes to their work ethic. Word ethic can be defined as working hard with the right attitude. Your witness for Christ includes working hard with the right attitude.
Your perception of life determines your attitude toward life. How do you perceive your work environment? How do you perceive your boss and your coworkers? Your perception determines your attitude, good or bad. Change your attitude and your perception will follow suit. Do you see your work solely as a way to make money (just to get a paycheck), or do you see your work as a way to express your God-given talents? Your perception makes all the difference. There are always two ways to perceive everything, positive or negative, and the choice is always yours to make.
You can become financially free in your current job or business. One of the major obstacles to financial freedom is not realizing that you can become financially free in your current job or business. When you work with the right character, attitude, and work ethic, the Lord will reward you with abundance. Abundance is a reward for having the right attitude toward work, and it results from your character and work ethic.