How does God see our roles at work?


If you are in charge of managing others, consider this: Scripture assures us it is God who exalts a person and places them in a position of leadership (Psalm 75:6-7), with Jesus as the head over every power and authority (Colossians 2:10). All things were created by and for Him (Colossians 1:16). So if you are “the boss,” recognize that God Himself has put you in charge to act on His behalf in an organization created by Him.

As the boss, your job is to do good for those you supervise (Romans 13:4). As Paul instructs, you are not to “pull rank” and order your employees around, but appeal to them in love. Motivate and encourage them to do good works (Philemon 1:8-9). Resist showing favorites by including only a few in important matters (Ephesians 6:9). Walk the floors, spend time with your employees, listen to their ideas, invest in their lives, and extend the love of Jesus. Their roles and job titles may not be the same as yours, but as you work in harmony, each member will feel equally valued, and you will see productivity and morale go up (Romans 12:16).

If you are an employee, obey your leaders and don’t complain or cause trouble. Whether or not your boss is a follower of Jesus, you are called to do your work with excellence and go that extra step – not to win favor or to show off, but out of respect for Jesus because it is for Him you ultimately work (Colossians 3:22–23).

Give an honest account of your work and be truthful (Proverbs 12:22). Resist participating in gossip that can betray a confidence and cause you to lose credibility and respect (Proverbs 20:19). Try to please your boss and not talk back disrespectfully or steal, but show you can be fully trusted and God will look more attractive to them (Titus 2:9-10). And be gentle and calm, even when your customers or co-workers aren’t (Proverbs 15:1).

No matter where you are on the organizational chart, being known as a person of integrity will ultimately bring you favor and influence.


Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

Inspired by Helen M Mitchell, founder of Strategic Management Resources (strategicmgmtresources.com) All rights reserved.

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29 Comments on “WHAT DOES GOD EXPECT?”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Thanks for the ping back! I am honored. Have a blessed day. Great blog, by the way!


  2. Lyn Says:

    It’s a sad reflection on Christian companies when a Christian would prefer to work for non-Christians as happened in my case. It would be wonderful if Christian bosses behaved the way stated in your post Dave, you’d have Christians and non-Christians alike vying to get a job with them.


    • Dave Boller Says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Lyn! I guess it’s up to us to do what we can to bring Jesus to the workplace. Maybe others will follow suit. Thanks for your comment. God bless! 🙂 Dave


  3. rod Says:

    Great blog


  4. This is really nice. Indeed, God’s ways are powerful.


  5. busydarling Says:

    Well said. In my job it’s sometimes hard to remain patient with -hah- patients.
    Sometimes though, the most gentle thing to do is to not be gentle. And sometimes I can really see how God put me in a certain situation. I’ve had several occasions where I definitely was the most right person to do the job… Not to boast about my own qualities… just… it’s interesting to see.


  6. kiwiskan Says:

    He has shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8


  7. JoCa Says:

    As both a boss and employee, this article is doubly relevant to me. Thanks for sharing!


  8. JoCa Says:

    Reblogged this on JoCa's Journey and commented:
    Great article on how God sees our roles at work.


  9. TheMitchNiche Says:

    Great post! It is an excellent reminder that no matter what job field we are working in and wether we are a boss or just an employee, we can always have God show through us and be a light to others.


  10. I really liked how you filled your post with Scripture, to make it plain that nothing you are stating is your own personal opinion but it’s what God says in these matters. And that settles it for me! Great compendium of many essential concepts around a common theme.
    One thing you didn’t mention explicitly is the aspect of how being an authority in the workplace (as well as in any other context, such as the family) requires an attitude of service. Jesus said anyone who wants to be great must become servant of all.
    Now, I’d love to see my boss wash my feet! 😉 Jokes aside, few things cause me to want to work harder than a boss who doesn’t just pay lip-service to the importance of empowerment and team spirit but really walks the talk and wants to help me grow in every way he or she can. A person who really listens to my needs and tries to find a way to meet them, a person who is interested in my career development. In a world of ambitious, self-centered people who are in it for themselves and use people as tools to achieve their own goals, a boss who considers himself or herself another team member with the role of serving others really stands out.


    • Dave Boller Says:

      Thanks so much for your comment. I have addressed servanthood in the workplace in other posts, but didn’t intentionally exclude it here. I just like to keep things short and to the point. I agree with you; it’s just as important for our bosses to serve us as it is for us to serve them.

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope to “see” you again real soon. Take care and God bless!

      🙂 Dave


  11. sagescenery Says:

    Excellent post!!! If we’re working for Christ, then we can work with joy everyday!!


  12. Great post. I especially like it that you included many scripture references.
    Richest blessings,


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