“Rewards play an important role in ethical follow-through. People are more likely to give ethical values top priority when they are rewarded for doing so through raises, promotions, public recognition and other means” (Johnson, 2015).

Isaiah 43: 7 “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

1 Corinthians 10: 31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Let’s put a few things together.

1. People should be rewarded for the work that they do.
2. In the workplace biblical principles can’t be used to modify behavior. Ethics is used, morality, and business principles and objectives.
3. It is right to use what we can to control society and steer towards a desired outcome.
4. If we are Christians, however, our life is guided by different principles. Our life is about glorifying God. Though we seek reward, we should not need it for ethical follow-through.

Why is this important?

Though we work and live in the world our lives are a preparation for eternity. Our eternity will be about worshipping God. The supreme and majestic God we now follow should be what guides our every movement.

Our supervisors and co-workers should see that we are different. They should notice that we are guided by something else. Something that consistently makes us do the right thing.

We don’t waste our employers time.
We don’t gossip.
We honor our commitments.
We don’t cause drama.
We don’t misuse office supplies.
We treat others fairly.
When we don’t, we have an uncanny way of admitting wrongs, seeking forgiveness, and changing our behavior.

It’s so uncanny in fact that others can’t quite figure out why we do what we do. I mean we aren’t getting paid as much as they are. We don’t get the privileges they get. The company doesn’t send us on trips, pay for our cell phone, or enroll us in that expensive membership.

Yet, we continue. We continue to follow through.

What motivates us?

Oh may it be a holy God.
May it be God’s glory.
May it be a desire to be more like Christ.
May it be a sense of a bigger calling.
May it be an understanding of our depravity, and our need for Christ.
May it be a desire to fellowship with God throughout the day.
May it be, may it be, our Father.

Oh Christian, make a difference. You are in full time ministry. You are a beacon of light. You are hope. You are changed. You are changing. You have God Himself within you in the form of the Holy Spirit. You bring Him with you, and you do, or should be doing, a great work amongst the lost.

May you demonstrate to others that Christ is the true life changer. Christ is the one that eternally affects behavior. Not a paycheck, or privilege, but God Himself.

Eternity is on the line. What will you do?

Marcy Pedersen

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