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A young fellow applied for a job furnishing references from his minister and Sunday school teacher. “These are good,” said the interviewer, “but we’d like a letter from someone who knows you on weekdays too!”

What the world wants to know about our Christianity is whether it works on weekdays as well as weekends. Does it affect the way we work as well as the way we worship?

The Lord shares this concern and speaks clearly of our responsibility as Christian workers in Colossians 3:22-4:1. How are we to go about our work as Christians?

First, we are to work diligently at all times. Several years ago hockey legend Gordie Howe had some advice for a young rookie named Wayne Gretzky: “No matter how much you make, get out there and earn it.” Every Christian worker needs to work with that kind of diligence, whether the boss is watching or not.

Second, we are to work religiously. Dr. Crawford W. Long who discovered sulfur-ether and its value in surgery once said, “My profession is, to me, a ministry for God.” Every Christian needs to look upon his profession in that light. We should not look upon our occupation as just a way to make money. It is a way to serve God.

Third, do your work respectfully. Christian employers should always be just and fair and never treat employees as things, but as people. When Zaccheus met Jesus, he immediately corrected the way he performed his job. It should be the same with all of us. Think about these things this week at work. 

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Today's Devotional

Applied Christianity

I once talked with a man who was convinced that Christianity was a failure. His conclusion was based on the fact that while our cities are full of churches and preachers, our world is getting worse and worse.

If you think about this criticism, you must agree that there is much religion in America that has little effect on the daily lives of people. While the number of church members may grow each year, so does lawlessness and immorality. But does this mean that Christianity is a failure? No. At the close of World War I a soap manufacturer, walking down the street with his pastor, was bemoaning the “failure” of Christianity. He said to his pastor, “After 19 centuries of preaching and teaching Christ, there is still so much evil in the world. I don’t see how you can go on preaching the Gospel.” 

“I don’t see how you can go on manufacturing soap,” retorted the pastor. “Look at the little urchin playing in the gutter. Neck and ears filthy. There’s still so much dirt in the world. Soap is such a failure.”

“But,” countered the soap manufacturer, “If people will just apply the soap, they’ll be clean.”

“Yes,” concluded the pastor, “and if men will but apply Christ to their daily living, they will also be clean.” 

The evil of today’s world is not due to Christianity’s failure, but to our failure to apply our Christianity. As writer G.K. Chesterton said, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and not tried."

Attend church Sunday, listen to God’s word, then apply it to your daily life and you and the world will both be better because of it.

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