Lesson Twelve

Employers & Employees

Basic Questions

A.     What if my job conflicts with spiritual matters?
  1.   There will always be some conflict of priorities between church activities and your work schedule. You cannot quit your job and take time off work because of a few minor conflicts. Remember, your job is a ministry opportunity. However, you must not use your job as an excuse to neglect your responsibilities to your church. You must maintain a balance in this area.
  2.   When your job responsibilities are contrary to bible principles, then you must draw the line:
    a. Refuse to lie or steal for your employer or violate other clear commandments of God.
    b. Guard against temptations on your job.
    c. Don't be influenced by sinful activities around you.
B.     How do I handle "persecution" on the job?
  1.   Most "persecution" in our culture is a result of the Christian's own ignorance or lack of personal commitment to the Lord. If you are being "persecuted," it is for one of two reasons: your behavior is improper, or your testimony is an offense to someone (1 Peter 3:16-17).
  2.   Expect a certain amount of adversity from the world if you are truly serving Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:12).
  3.   Learn how to commit that adversity to the Lord (1 Peter 2:18-3).
C.     What should I consider when looking for employment?
  1.   Have you taken the matter to God in prayer (James 1:5; Philippians 4:6-7)?
  2.   Will the new responsibility destroy what God is trying to build in your life? this is a complex question. Don't be afraid to seek wise counsel in this area from another brother in Christ that you respect.
  3.   If you are being asked to move to another city, is there a church there which can continue to provide your spiritual needs? This is an extremely critical point!
  4.   In looking for a change of jobs, are you running away from something you should be facing and trying to correct.

Key Memory Verses

"No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier" (2 Timothy 2:4).

"And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. for even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (mark 10:44-45).

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men" (Colossians 3:23).

Additional thoughts

In our society today, some common beliefs are:

1.     Your job is just a paycheck.
2.     Your job status is the most important measure of your success.
3.     Your employer must always take a back seat to church activities.

From the Bible principles taught in this lesson, you should understand that these teachings are false, and why.

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