Summary: God’s people should give their best in the workplace.
CHRISTIANS IN THE WORKPLACE
Let us read Daniel 6:1-28 to find out what is expected from God’s people in the workplace. Read the text.
God’s people should give their best in the workplace.
Working in a non-Christian environment is not an excuse to mediocrity. No matter what you do, you should distinguish yourself to be a prized employee.
Whether you a nurse, physical therapist, house keeper, kitchen crew, sales, businessman, programmer, manufacturing, government offices, and part timer, you should excel in your work. Excellence is always rewarded with better opportunity. How do God’s people give their best in the workplace?
A. Demonstrate exceptional worker’s qualities (6.1-4)
Daniel had been faithfully serving the Lord in pagan Babylon for nearly seventy years. He was now about eighty-five years old but continues to shine where God had placed him.
Because of his exceptional qualities, the king was considering of putting him in number two position in the kingdom. Out of 123 government officials, he was on the top. His “exceptional qualities,” refers literally to an “exceptional spirit was in him.”
This “exceptional spirit” may refer to his good attitude or abilities, but possibly the king recognized that Daniel was in touch with the gods and thus possessed great wisdom.
“Satrap” is a word that means “protector of the kingdom”; it refers to lower officials. Because of the Persian Empire’s vast size (the largest empire the world had known), it was divided into many smaller territories, ruled by the “satraps.”
The satraps gave an account of their activities to the three administrators in order to ensure that the Persian government “might not suffer loss.” Evidently this means that the administrators watched over the satraps so that all tax moneys were properly collected and so that none of these lesser officials could steal from the king.
Because the king planned to set Daniel over all the satraps and administrators, the jealousy and envy of some of the other officials was aroused. They began to examine Daniel’s government record in order to discover some flaws in his character and professional ability.
Instead of finding some, they discover the real Daniel.
1. Diligent – “no grounds for charges in his conduct of government affairs” (6.4a) He was consistent in his conduct of government affairs.
2. Trustworthy – “no corruption” (6.4b) No abuse of authority and even resources.
3. Responsible – “not negligent” (6.4c) When Daniel was given a job to do, the King knew it would be done thoroughly with excellence and nothing would be left undone.
What do people say about you on the job? By God’s grace let us handle our affairs faithfully.
EPHESIANS 6:5-8. 5Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.