“Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” (James 1:23-24, NIV)


A few years ago, The Wall Street Journal published a survey conducted by the Princeton Religion Research Center which measured a range of moral and ethical behaviors in the workplace. The questions addressed subjects such as calling in sick when not sick, cheating on taxes, and taking office supplies home for personal use. The results were disappointing.

What researchers found most startling was that there was no significant difference between those who attend church and those who don’t when it comes to their ethics and values on the job. In other words, despite the fact that more and more people attend churches, churches seem to be having less of an impact on the moral fiber of their people, at least in the workplace.

Most of the professionals I know, and especially most men, hold a mild skepticism toward their faith. They feel that something as abstract as faith could never stand up to the harshness on the streets. They attend church on the weekend, but religion is a sort of “hobby”, like golf or fishing. When Monday arrives it’s time to get back to the “real world.”

My point is this – just because you attend church, it doesn’t mean you live according to Christian values! Christians, by definition, are those who follow Christ. To follow Him, we first must study His life and become familiar with His teachings. Ultimately, our goal should be to become more like Him in everything we do – that includes our work! Jesus would not call in sick unless He was sick. He would not cheat on His taxes. And, Jesus would not steal office supplies for His personal use.

Today is a great day to change our attitudes – to make a new commitment. Let’s all take a second to close our eyes, bow our heads, and ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with His power so that our Christian values pour out into our daily lives, and especially into our workplace.


Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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8 Comments on “CALLING IN SICK!”

  1. garden2day Says:

    I have to add to that…this is where it begins…with the small things and then we erase the boundaries so that we see it is ok to do other things…….as long as we can justify it–wink, wink. Excellent thoughts. Hope your weekend will be great. Take care! 😀


  2. Reblogged this on a disciple of Jesus's Blog and commented:
    Discipleship, discipleship, discipleship!
    We must disciple the new believers. Mental assent is inadequate. We must invite them to live the life deep in their hearts. We must show them how to forgive and how to pray to our Living God, our Lord and Saviour and the Perfect Spirit of God.


  3. Yahshua would not call in sick because He would never BE sick, as most sickness relates to sin. He didn’t even call in sick when He became sin and took on all OUR sicknesses. Many who call themselves Christians but are not will get the shock of their lives when they end up in Hell or Outer Darkness. Be not deceived… Great post!


  4. SaintlySages Says:

    You point out the difference between vocation and occupation. God bless!


  5. Pray that all Christians will increase their trust in Christ. That He will be their guide in every decision they must make each day of their lives.


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