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Integrity in Hidden Places, Day 8- Integrity in the Workplace

Week 2 of Integrity Series

Integrity in Hidden Places
Day 8- Integrity in the Workplace
Maddie McDonald

“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9, ESV)

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24, ESV)

Those of you who are or have been in the workplace, have you ever been in a situation at work where you felt your integrity was being tested? Maybe all your coworkers were going somewhere you knew you shouldn’t go, or you had the temptation to cut corners on a work project and then blame it on another coworker. There are many ways in which our integrity can be tested in the workplace, and I am ashamed to admit that I have not always stuck to godly integrity. Consistent integrity in the workplace is a powerful testimony to those around us, and is a way we can bring glory and honor to the Lord through our job.

One way our integrity in the workplace can be tested is in how we utilize our time. We are called to be honest, and, as an employee, if we are spending our time scrolling on our phones, watching videos on the Internet, or doing things that are not work related, that is dishonest. I’m not saying all phones need to be locked up during the workday; things do come up and I understand needing a mental break from time to time. But our screen time and our own personal conversations should not dominate our workday. Our employer, no matter how we may feel about them, is trusting us to do our job, and they are paying us an hourly rate or a salary to do so. We might think that no one notices, but Proverbs 10:9 highlights it well: “He who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” I am aware that this verse is not referring directly to the workplace, but it’s not hard for other coworkers, and ultimately your employer, to know when you are using the time for your own purposes. Being honest, diligent, and getting our work done is a way we can show integrity and be a light for Christ to others in the office.

Another way we can exemplify integrity is in the way we talk in general, and also in the way we talk about our coworkers, clients, and our employer. Are we speaking negatively, complaining about given tasks, badmouthing our boss or coworkers, or even swearing because those around us are? The company at my previous job had been bought out by a larger national corporation, and there was an extremely tense season in which it was easy to slip into complaining about the transition and everything we were expected to do. A powerful reminder for these circumstances is found in Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord.” No matter what project we are working on or how grueling it may be, or how our boss or coworkers treat us, we are called to be hard workers, remembering Who we are ultimately doing it for. The next time a few coworkers mingle and have only negative things to say about your boss, another coworker, or anything in general, feel free to remove yourself from the situation. The way we talk in our workplace should be encouraging to others, not discouraging. May our words be life-giving and honest, and as we are called to be different, may we point others to Christ rather than giving in to the temptation to be like everyone else.

The last item I want to include for integrity at work is deciding where you will spend your time and what activities you plan to participate in. If you feel in your gut that what your coworkers plan on doing would go against God’s Word, then chances are that you should not participate. There will always be company outings, work parties, etc., but whatever the event or scenario, I challenge you to give it to the Lord in prayer and ask a mentor you trust for advice. When we pray about it, He promises to give us wisdom and direction through the Holy Spirit. We may not get an immediate answer, but He will make it very clear to us when we trust Him. Let us also maintain our integrity in the places we go, and only participate in activities that will ultimately please the Lord and not compromise our testimony.

In closing, I want to remind each one that your life may be the only testimony for God that your coworkers, clients, or employer may witness. This should not be taken lightly; we must remember that it is an honor and a privilege to be a light in our workplace.

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