Why your excellence at work matters to God

Jordan Raynor for Faith Driven Entrepreneur // January 22, 2024, 1:28 pm

Photo by Hunters Race on Unsplash.

Photo by Hunters Race on Unsplash.

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandments were, He replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Excellent work is one way in which we fulfil Jesus’s command to love God by revealing his character of excellence to those around us. Excellence is also necessary for keeping the second commandment in our work.

The ministry of excellence

As Christians, we can’t say we are seeking to love our neighbour as ourselves and then do our work with mediocrity.

Think of the extreme example of a Christian doctor. While that doctor may pray with her patients, share the Gospel with her co-workers and donate money to her church, her most basic form of ministry is in being an excellent doctor.

If she were a mediocre medical professional, her patients’ lives might be at risk. The doctor’s first responsibility in her work ought to be the ministry of excellence – serving her patients as best as she knows how, giving them the same level of care she would expect for herself and her family.

Now, for most of us, the relative skill of our work isn’t going to mean the difference between life and death. But we all have an opportunity to obey Jesus’s command to love our neighbours as ourselves by choosing to do excellent work and going far beyond the minimum standards required in our jobs.

Shoddy work is a failure of love

I love what Matt Perman says on this topic: “Slack work is like vandalism because it makes life harder for people — just like vandalism.

“We are to do work that will truly benefit people by going the extra mile rather than just doing the minimum necessary.”

“Christians are to be the opposite of vandals and slackers in their work. We are to do work that will truly benefit people by going the extra mile rather than just doing the minimum necessary.

“Excellence in our work is actually a form of generosity and love, and poor quality is a form of stinginess and selfishness. Shoddy work is not just shoddy work; it’s a failure of love.”

As Christians, we shouldn’t seek to do the bare minimum in our jobs to collect a pay-check. If we believe our work is a calling from God, we will “work heartily, as working for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23), seeking to glorify God and love others well by being the most focused and excellent doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, carpenters and executives we can possibly be.

Excellence in our work isn’t just a means to some personal gain. Excellence is our most fundamental form of ministry in our work.

Let this truth encourage you to focus on pursuing mastery of your craft, becoming the most exceptional version of yourself for God’s glory and the good of others!

This article was first published by Faith Driven Entrepreneur and is republished with permission. For more such articles by Jordan Raynor, tap here.


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About the author

Jordan Raynor for Faith Driven Entrepreneur

Through his bestselling books, the Mere Christians podcast and his weekly devotionals, Jordan has helped millions of Christians in every country on earth connect the gospel to their work. Jordan also serves as the Executive Chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech startup which Jordan previously ran as CEO.