The results are in. 89% of employees have admitted to wasting time at work! In an article about workplace productivity, one ‘creative, all-star employee’ said he was praying when caught fast asleep at his desk! A married employee denied visiting a dating web site, while the web site was still up on their screen! And finally, an employee was caught caring for her pet bird that she smuggled into work! Although, a little tragic, it’s pretty funny at the same time.

As followers of Christ, what should our work ethic be? Fortunately, the answer is elementary. When you’re at work, work. It’s that simple. But so often we get this mixed up. We work at home and fail to work when we are on the clock!

Col 3: 22b – 25 “And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.” (The Message)

Those who follow Christ should be known as the hardest, most punctual, most efficient, most loyal and effective workers in the market today. It is a direct reflection of how we have been raised by our Father.

Again, it could not be simpler. When you’re at work, work. When you’re home, be at home. There is such a temptation toward solitaire, candy crush, youtube and water cooler conversations when we are supposed to knuckle down and get on with employment tasks. The best-case scenario of that kind of ethic is that you merely become inefficient. The worst-case scenario is that your job could be in jeopardy.

On the flip side, we finally arrive home surrounded by the people we love, but our minds are still immersed in office politics, deadlines or tomorrow’s meeting. We are enticed by work related emails while eating dinner. This hinders our ability to limit the noise and declutter our lives. When you’re at work, work. When you’re home, be at home. This has the potential to make a huge difference in your life.

Alan Cullen is co-pastor at Mount Pleasant Community Church

Alan Cullen is Co-Pastor at Mount Pleasant Community Church