What We Owe Our Employer
Then he [Jesus] said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." (Matthew 22:21b)
Think of "Caesar" as your employer. What are you required to give to your "Caesar"? Here are a few important obligations a Christian has to an employer:
- Hard work. We must be careful to apply ourselves conscientiously and work our full shift. A Christian should never take advantage of their employer by cheating them out of time or work that is due to them.
- Protection of the employer's assets. Those pencils and pens, paper clips and pads supplied by your employer are not for your personal supply room at home. The telephone is another costly asset which we can abuse in the way we use it. Expense accounts should be meticulously honest and fair.
- Loyalty. While you are taking money from that employer, you owe them respect. You should not be found stabbing them in the back or running them down to others.
- Dishonesty of any sort. Lying for your employer is giving to them what is due to God. An employer has no right to ask an employee to lie or deceive in any way. This is where you have to take a stand and not render to that employer what is not due them.
- Participation in any activity that is dishonoring to God. Socializing after work or with customers is the American way, but frequently it is not the godly way. If you have to be a part of compromising situations in order to keep your job, it's probably time to look for another job. You are rendering to Caesar the things that belong to God.
To draw a clear line between what I owe my employer and what I owe God, and never compromise those standards.
Lord, I want to do a better job of giving everything I honestly owe to my employer without compromising my commitment to you. Please teach me how to do that and give me the strength to follow through.
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