What does it take to go next level in life? Sometimes, you have to move on to move up. Get more qualifications, degrees, licenses and certifications.

The more qualified you are — the better position you’ll be in for a promotion, but there is more.

What does the Bible say about work ethic? What is a Christian’s work ethic?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:22-25)

A similar concept: “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.” (Ephesians 6:7-8.)

In essence, this is the Christian’s work ethic. We should all be commanded to put forth our best efforts, to work with our whole hearts and souls at whatever we do.

Knowing we are accountable to God and stewards of the gifts He has given us, our work should flow out of a place of gratefulness to Him. We are accountable for every word we speak … Our everyday decisions matter to God and to those we live with, at home, school, or work.

Why is it necessary to be accountable? Everyone is called to be accountable in some way in life (Ephesians 6:1-10). Husbands and wives are accountable to be faithful to each other. Children are called to be accountable in their obedience to parents. Employees are called to be accountable to their employers and so on…

Accountability builds good character on this life journey and it a very important lesson to learn early. Other vital lessons include ownership, service, integrity, trust, humility, leadership, and how to love God’s people.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).

These lessons are important for everyone at any age to learn – and review by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) and reinforce throughout our lives.

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us” (1 John 8-10).

How are your networking skills? To get people excited about you and what your business and/or company has going on you need to do more listening and just hearing because good listening is very important in networking.

To be a good networker one must maintain eye contact, learn nonverbal communication skills, engage the audience in discussion, start and end with key points.

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).

Doors which were closed through the regular channels were opened because people connected with the right people (Revelation 3:8). Naaman’s servant girl knew that Elijah could heal him of his leprosy so she suggested that he could and see the prophet (2 Kings 5). The servant girl is a great example of iron. On the word of a servant girl the great commander traveled to a distance land. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Anthony A. Armstrong is senior pastor at Unity Christian Fellowship Church at Pine Bluff.

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