The apostle Peter wrote this about our God: “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). Some might think that God only provided for spiritual things but Peter says otherwise. Our heavenly Father saw fit to also provide for things that pertain unto life. This includes how we are to behave as employees in the workplace.
There are several scriptures we could look at about being an employee. For instance, in Ecclesiastes 9:10 we learn that we should work hard and do our best. In Colossians 3:22 Paul teaches that doing a good job all the time, not just when the boss is looking, is important. Scripture also teaches that if one is able to work but doesn’t, he should expect to go hungry: “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thess. 3:10).
My favorite bit of advice, which is also taught in the workplace is “work smarter, not harder.” Now you might be asking where this is found in the scriptures. Look to Ecclesiastes 10:10. Here again, Solomon writes “If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” The idea here is that it takes more effort to chop a tree with a dull blade that a sharp one. Why spend more time and energy working when a simple “whetting of the edge” will make the work so much easier and faster.
Given that there are a multitude of jobs that require physical labor it only makes sense to find ways to make that work easier. Picture how much easier moving heavy objects are now with the use of a forklift or crane. Before those items were invented heavy objects were moved by use of rollers and hundreds of people.
Do not limit your use of the Bible to helping only with “godliness”. Use it with all aspects of your life including in the workplace. Let the Bible help you to work smarter, not harder.
In Christ, Steve Preston