July 2 - The Workman's Etiquette

By Julie Kraus

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 18:9

Central Thought: Our behavior in the workplace should reflect our faith in God.

    The high cost of employee theft has prompted many businesses to begin integrity and honesty testing for new employees. These tests are designed to measure honesty, character, and work ethics. Early tests focused on 'direct behavior,” which refers to stealing, lying, and cheating. Businesses soon recognized that employee testing needed to include 'indirect behavior.” This includes a wide range of negligent or sabotage behaviors. Questionnaires were broadened to measure employee reliability as well as counterproductive behavior. While theft of products, services, and property would have an obvious negative impact on a company's profit margin, behavior that undermines efficient and effective work practices eventually costs an organization far more.

    The author of Proverbs would concur with today's business research. 'Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys” (Proverbs 18:9). The apostle Paul taught the importance of being a hard worker by his own example. 'In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'” (Acts 20:35). In Colossians 3:23-24, Paul wrote that on the job we should 'work heartily” because we are really serving Christ. The employer may write the paycheck, but it is God who rewards our diligence. Christians, therefore, should be the most reliable employees.

Devotional Prayer: Father, thank You for my job and the opportunity to serve You in the workplace through my faithful and diligent efforts.

Today's Bible Reading: 2 Kings 20:1-22:2; Acts 21:17-36; Psalm 150:1-6; Proverbs 18:9-10