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Walking the Talk in the Workplace

Brandon: I readjusted this layout to better fit the formatting needed when I print. If you will just keep all your text within the blue margin lines on this page, I shouldn’t have any more issues ☺. Thanks! Dr. Brandon Park | October 9, 2016 When it comes to making your workplace your ministry, there is perhaps no greater example of When it comes to making your workplace your ministry, there is perhaps no greater example of this in the Bible than the life of Daniel. He worked for the pagan government of Babylon and because the Bible provides many insights into his work life, it enables us to “job shadow” him and learn some life lessons as to what it means to maintain your character at work – despite the odds. life lessons as to what it means to maintain your character at work – despite the odds. Character is defined as the sum of my _______________, public and private, consistently arranged across the entire spectrum of my life. arranged across the entire spectrum of my life. Integrity is a hot issue today. In a society where people feel like they can’t trust anyone anymore, integrity is a big deal. integrity is a big deal. Your daily decisions that you make will reveal whether or not you are a person of ________________ or ________________. Daniel illustrates what it takes to be a man of integrity rather than a man of compromise and conformity. There are ten lessons about his character we can rather than a man of compromise and conformity. There are ten lessons about his character we can learn from how he lived out his faith in the workplace. 1. Character results in your employer being able to _____________ you. Daniel 6:1-2, “Darius decided to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, stationed throughout the realm, and over them three administrators, including Daniel. These satraps would be accountable to them so that the king would not be defrauded.” Daniel was immediately promoted because he had proven to Darius that he was a man who could be trusted. There is always a job for the man of integrity because everybody is looking for trustworthy people. If a man lacks ability, you can teach him job skills. But if a man lacks integrity, no amount of job training will make him a trustworthy person. Integrity has to come from within. 2. Character will ___________________ you in the crowd. Daniel 6:3, “Daniel distinguished himself above the administrators and satraps because he had an extraordinary spirit, so the king planned to set him over the whole realm.” The man or woman who lives with integrity will always stand out. Integrity is “a high standard of living based on a personal code of morality that doesn’t succumb to the whim of the moment or the dictates of the majority.” Read Daniel 5:11-12. The Queen of Babylon had heard of Daniel’s reputation and said that he “had the spirit of the holy gods in him.” She didn’t know that he belonged to the One True God. As a Christian, God wants you to have character because you are to set the standard for everyone. (Think about that.) 3. Character will enable you to stand for your ______________________. In Daniel 3, Nebuchadnezzar erects a 70 ft. tower and demands that everyone worship this image. Daniel wasn’t there at the time, but his three friends refused to compromise their convictions. Daniel 3:17-18, “If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” Sometimes you will hear Christians ask this question: “Can I do this and still be a Christian?” Rather your question should be, “Because I am a Christian, what can I do to be closer to Him?” Whenever we face gray areas of life, there are four questions we should ask to know what to do: • Does it build me up ____________________? 1 Corinthians 10:23. • Does it bring me unde