15 Mar 12 Principles of Work as Worship
By Glenn Bowen
Your leaders on your job were put there by God, and you are under their authority. They deserve your respect and you should never speak ill of them. You can learn what to do from great leaders as well as what not to do from poor leaders. In every situation, you are being prepared for your next position.
“Show proper respect to everyone…”
1 Peter 2:17 (NIV)
2. The blessing of work is so we can be a blessing.
As I matured, I realized that my work was not just so I could support my family; it was to increase my resources as a giver in the Kingdom. As a giver in the marketplace, you get rewarded from unexpected places.
“A good man obtains favor from the LORD...”
Proverbs 12:2 (ESV)
“…the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”
Proverbs 13:4 (ESV)
3. Put the right people in the right positions.
utting people in roles where they can excel acknowledges and honors the gifts God has given them and it sets them up for success. Correction should be gentle and in private and be directed toward success.
“He who regards reproof will be honored.”
Proverbs 13:18 (NASB)
4. Be a blessing to others.
In my position as a leader, I could partner with churches, groups, and causes through donations and having benefit events for them through our company. My company also supported The A21 Campaign with a donation through my events.
“I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”
Genesis 12:2 (ESV)
5. Strive for excellence, not just completion or compliance.
Seeing company objectives as minimum standards and not merely meeting them brings excellence to your organization.
“Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.”
Daniel 6:3 (ESV)
6. Be a person of integrity.
Your character and reputation are not only examples of excellence to your co-workers, they also protect you when you are falsely accused. I once had an experience where my leader told an employee that he knew me and that I would never behave the way I had been accused.
“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.”
Proverbs 22:1 (KJV)
7. Plan and organize for the short and long term.
As part of your worship, be on time. Start your meetings and events on time. Get all your assignments completed on time and don’t make your leaders chase them down. Almost a year after my retirement, the HR person told me she misses me because all my managers’ performance reviews were always completed on time.
“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
1 Corinthians 14:40 (KJV)
8. Plan for your future as part of your worship.
Have a retirement plan now. You will have a hard time working for the Kingdom if your finances are
limited later in life due to a lack of planning.
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.”
Proverbs 13:22 (ESV)
9. You never really retire in the kingdom.
You will have more time to work for causes and non-profits and helping others once the responsibilities of a day-to-day, traditional job ends. God keeps putting events and opportunities in my path to use what I have learned at work from my years managing.
“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.”
Revelation 3:8 (NIV)
10. Be open to the opportunities that come before you.
I came to Ohio as an 18-year-old to study to become a teacher. I started working as a 21-year-old to become a resident so I wouldn’t have to pay out-of-state fees, and this became my business career path until I retired from my company almost 45 years later. The education I received prepared me for presentations, planning, and public speaking. Nothing we do is ever wasted in God’s Kingdom economy!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11. Live royally.
Be a king in the marketplace as well as a priest, exemplifying the culture of the Kingdom, and you will have great success. If you view work as chasing riches or positions, you will never be satisfied. You will always feel the “need” for more. When you view work as worship and do things with excellence, you are able to rest no matter what is going on around you. Having that peace is more valuable than any riches you can earn, so rest in His goodness!
“…and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
Revelation 5:10 (ESV)
12. Your work creates room for you.
As you go through your career, how you do everything will not only testify of your character and proclaim the glory of the God you serve, but also position you to connect with other leaders who are doing good in the world.
“A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.”
Proverbs 18:16 (NASB)