How To Glorify God at Work: 7 Helpful Tips

by Derek Hill on September 2, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

The workplace is one of the key places that God has placed Christians in the mission field.  Yes, we are all missionaries and ambassadors for Christ.  I understand that you may have never considered your job as a mission field, but It really is.  There are so many lost people out there and God has placed each of us in specific places for His purposes.  So how can we glorify our Creator in the workplace?

Work Unto The Lord

Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”  This is the foundation that every believer should try to encompass.  When we work, we should do what our superiors say, of course, but when we do what we are instructed, we should do it whole-heartedly for the Lord.  It is a blessing to have a job and He deserves nothing but our best effort every day.

Be Punctual

One way of glorifying God is by showing up on time every day.  If you want to even be taken seriously on just a work level, you need to show up every day on time.  When your fellow workers see you always on time, they learn to trust you and that can be a launching pad into some friendships and real witnessing time.

How To Glorify God At Work

Galatians 5:22-23a says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” This verse really shows the core values that we should all aspire to attain in their fullest form.

Encompass the Fruits of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23a says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  This verse really shows the core values that we should all aspire to attain in their fullest form

Love– love others while you are working with them.  Be attentive to the job while being attentive to them as well

Joy– Don’t hold back the life that is in you.  People want authenticity.  Show them joy in the way you greet them and smile.

Peace – Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  Your fellow man will notice your genuine beliefs when you do everything you can to maintain peace with those you work with.  It is natural to be reactive instead of proactive.  People will notice your faith when you choose to mend relationships through forgiveness instead of destroying them through revenge.

Patience – Patience is what you display through trials.  Either you stay steadfast and persevere, or you give up and lose your temper.  Patience is like a brother to peace.  To maintain peace, you must choose to be patient.

Kindness – Be kind to those you work with.  When a superior asks you to do something, don’t grumble.  If you see someone who needs help, help them.  Present yourself as a “living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1).  Show kindness through sacrificing your energy and time.

Goodness – Be good to everyone.  Hold the door open for another person.  Offer your food to someone who has none.  Ask the person that no one likes if you can sit with them in the breakroom.  Be Jesus to them.

Faithfulness – Stay faithful and trust in the Lord.  Whatever comes your way at work, act like God’s redeemed child.  Stay faithful and do what is right in all circumstances.

Gentleness – “Gentleness corrects whatever is offensive in our manner.” (Hugh Blair)  God will always be glorified when we choose to be gentle over offensive.  A gentle spirit is a healing ointment to a hurting soul.

Self-control – Self-control is the enemy of Satan.  Satan wants to control us through temptation.  Men and women who are married need to not entertain thoughts of the opposite sex.  Do not burn with lust in your hearts for someone who is not your spouse.  Instead, run away just like Joseph did when Potiphar’s wife came to him. (Gen 39:12)  Be in control of yourself in all situations.  God will always give you a way out of temptation. (1 Corinthians 10:13).  When we embrace the fruit of the Spirit and act upon it accordingly, God will be glorified!  He will be glorified through the way others see our authenticity.  He will be glorified by the loyalty we show Him through obedience.

Be Creative

The creative omniscience of God is what started everything.  We are created in His image (Gen 9:6b) and are also able to use our creative talents for His glory.  A good, creative idea is always welcome in your superior’s eyes.  Find new ways to promote safety in the workplace or think of procedures that could potentially speed up production and lower costs.  If you succeed in being creative, a promotion may be a possibility for you.  More importantly, God will be overjoyed with your willingness to make things better at work, and He will be glorified thorough it.

Always Speak the Truth

Ephesians 4:15a says, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”  Right now you can probably think of one or two people that you cannot trust because they have made a reputation for themselves for being liars.  Even when they are speaking truth, you will probably not believe them, just like the boy who cried wolf from the old fairy tale.  Don’t act like those who lie.  When you gain the reputation for being truthful, you will definitely be seen as trustworthy and that will help your superiors learn to count on you.  Or, if you are a superior, your employees will respect you that much more.  More importantly, your Father in heaven will be pleased with you.

Pray Before Lunch

This is a great way to express your love to God while being a real witness to others.  I often sit with my friend at work in his car for lunch.  He always turns the music down for me when I pray and he is contemplating coming to church with me.  Praise the Lord!  I know God is glorified through that!  I am so full of joy thinking that another lost soul may be coming to find Christ someday.  Another soul saved is another soul to celebrate with in eternal paradise!

Stand for Christ

In all things at all times, stay loyal to Christ.  This can be hard sometimes, but an easy life is not promised in the Bible.  I can say from personal experience that the only reason I will not get promoted at my job is because I will not work Sundays.  This is because I am not being flexible in the company’s eyes, but I know God is glorified through this because He sees what I am giving up to be in His house every Sunday with my children.  I am blessed to have my children and to be able to take them to church every Sunday is a true blessing.  Also, people at work know that I am a Christian and many really believe me now that they know this.  I don’t care about a promotion.  I care about life eternal with my savior, Christ the Lord!

Conclusion

I hope and pray that you can find ways to glorify God at work.  If you have any more suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.  God Bless!

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Josh September 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Thanks for these great reminders Derek. It is so easy to get caught up in all of the gossip that is going on at work sometimes that we neglect the job God has given us to act differently and show that we are to be the light of this world.

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Derek Hill September 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Amen brother. To be holy means to be “set apart.” We cannot be holy if we dive into gossip and any other device which can hurt others. We can’t be Jesus to others if we aren’t acting like Him. God Bless!

In His Name Always,
Derek

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Jack Wellman September 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I second what Josh said. Gossip is nothing less than slandering another person in their absence. I will take this to heart when I take it to work again. I love your comment to Josh “We can’t be Jesus to others if we aren’t acting like Him.” Bravo!

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Derek Hill September 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Thank you Jack. Gossip is a HUGE problem. The tongue is worse than the sword most of the time. Look at all of the churches that split up over he said/she said issues. I couldn’t agree more with you or Josh. Gossip never does good.

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Pamela Rose Williams September 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Love this article Derek … in fact it has made my Top Ten list of favorite articles at WCWTK — that article will post on Tuesday! I especially like how you opened with //Yes, we are all missionaries and ambassadors for Christ. I understand that you may have never considered your job as a mission field, but It really is.//

So very, very true. Before we were called to full time missionary work, I worked outside of the home at a large entertainment company in Central Florida. I was so delighted to be able to share my love for the Lord when I announced that I was claiming my “true career and calling” to stay home to support my husband and children. I know God was glorified and I was able to use my exit as a way to share the Gospel with many.

There is no law in the USA that says we can not witness to our co-workers. I only encourage that folks do it on their own time (breaks, lunch, before/after time on the clock) as not to steal time from their employers.

Well done brother!

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Derek Hill September 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Thank you for such kindness Pam. There is a battle going on for lost souls out there. If we can stand for Christ in the workplace by being the salt of the earth, we can plant seeds that God can grow. I agree with you that it needs to be on our own time and not while we are actually working. God Bless you Pam!

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David Busobozi. September 8, 2012 at 3:36 am

Thanks brother, God bless. keep in the race till the end.

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Derek Hill September 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Amen brother! Keep on fighting the good fight! Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to stop by WCWTK anytime. We always enjoy what our fellow readers have to say.

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Kevin November 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

This is excellent article to practice especially at workplace, plus, God will be glorified. I pray I can learn all of this. Thanks for sharing a good to remember article. Peace be with you :)

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Derek Hill November 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Thank you Kevin for your kindness. The workplace is a spiritual battleground and we are on the frontlines! Let your light shine there brother! God bless you.

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Catherine January 27, 2013 at 11:07 pm

GOD BLESS YOU For sharing these very true words.
I Always Believe where GOD Places us is nothibg but his divine purpose and work is a top one. I’ve been a witness of how our testimoby can really Impact other lifes at work and living with our FAITH as the foundation of our lifes is Key to Achievinf the Salvation of other Souls. I will take these tips and use them. Thank you may GOD Bless you Always. Kind regards, Catherine

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Derek January 27, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Thank you so much Catherine. I agree with you. Work is a huge mission field. We need to be ready to shine at work every day! God bless you!

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Jack Wellman January 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

Thank you for your kind comments Catherine. What a blessing your words are and I can sense that you are a blessing where God has placed you at. God is sovereign and no doubt He has placed you where you can reach those who have not yet put their trust in Christ.

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Hannah prasad May 2, 2013 at 7:32 am

Very useful article indeed.! I will hopefully be starting my internship in a company next week and this is something I was looking for. God bless you, brother.!

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Derek Hill May 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Praise the Lord Hannah! I’m glad for your internship and i hope it goes well for you! God bless you and thank you for your kindness!!

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Suzanna June 9, 2013 at 6:46 am

Dear Robert, I appreciate this article. Bible clearly shows that God answers prayers. If the answer is to be a ‘NO’ why ask after all. Is that our God of faithfulness and integrity?, God who is faithful in His promises? I get angry in myself when people tell me to expect a NO from God for my prayers. I feel that if you do not ask for anything at all your relationship with God will not be strained. You can have peace in knowing that ‘you have not because you ask not’. If you get the blessings freely thank God and be at peace.
I happened to be a Christian who teaches the word in a private group which is very insignificant in an insignificant part of the world. A few people in my place come to me to pray along. I give priority for such things than my own activities, not because of extra righteousness of mine but because I am not working now (but I used to get requests when I was working too). I do not have spectacular powers like some others to claim that ‘whatever I ask I receive’, yet people somehow come to me to pray, I do not know their reasons of coming to me. May be they think I am approachable or they know that I am in the business of praying most of the time or because my requests in itself are not answered. Some of my requests I am praying for years are known to them too. I mean requests that most of the Christians understand as ‘blessings’ from God where others may look at you and say, ‘surely these are people whom the Lord has blessed.’ Mine is a family of Christians. We pray together, fast together but as any other family of earthlings we may not be perfect. There are many a things to be thankful for, food, shelter, protection, peace and love in family, some healings some not in full, etc., praise God. I am trying to figure out the reason why my prayer are not answered yet. Many families do not even have my type of requests because they receive them without even asking. It is even worse when I see ‘good’ people of other religion receive such things when they pray to their gods. The requests I referred above are not for mere material things too, I mean money, fame or Mercedes Benzes.
What a challenge in my faith life !!. I am sorry to say that many attempts by Godly people to elaborate on ‘ask in Jesus name and receive’ never satisfy me. I understand the God the Bible presents to me is a God who gives much more than what we ask for. I know God is in no way obliged to answer me because He is Sovereign. Whatever He does is right, so shall I keep on knocking or give up and wait for whatever that comes on the way?

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Derek Hill June 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

Hello Suzanna! I really enjoyed reading your comment. It was a “real” comment made by a “real” person. Thank you for your transparency. God is a God who answers prayer on His terms and He answers every single one of them as long as they are genuine prayers that are committed to His will and not our own. God created us for a relationship and praying to Him is a great way to connect with Him. I would keep knocking because you are still being respectful of Him and letting Him know your own concerns. There is nothing wrong with praying for the same things in prayer that you genuinely care about. For instance, if you know someone who has cancer, by all means keep praying for them until they are cancer free or they leave for Glory. God will always accept your prayers if they come from the heart and your heart will be shown when you keep praying for those you love. Not to say that you can’t pray for yourself either. We all need daily prayers that deal with our own issues: sins, insecurities, financial dilemmas, health issues and so on. Keep praying Suzanna! You never know when God is going to answer and He may not answer how you want, but you can be guaranteed He will answer you, even if you don’t see the results of your prayers until you are in heaven with Jesus. I hope this helps you Suzanna. Keep praying and God bless you!

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Yves January 26, 2014 at 1:09 am

Great article! i was looking for ways to glorify God in everyday work, business… and your article helped me. Be blessed

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Derek Hill January 26, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Thank you Yves! God is everywhere, so why not shine His truth everywhere :) God bless you too!

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Brady December 17, 2014 at 9:38 am

Hi,

I have a question and hopefully you have a an answer! :D
How did you approach not going to work on Sunday? Did you only walk up to your boss and calmly stated you weren’t working on Sundays?

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