In recent years, numerous books have been written extolling the value of quality and excellence in the workplace. By and large, these studies have been based on the premise that quality work doesn't just lead to higher profits-it is a condition of staying in business today.
The emphasis on excellence has had major repercussions in the corporate world, where many managers and employees have embraced it as a new way of doing business. Yet the theme of excellence in work is as old as the Bible (Prov. 22:29). In fact, quality is one of the keys to a biblical view of work:
. God does His work with excellence. When He created the world, the end result was "very good" (Gen. 1:31).
. God equips people with specific skills and abilities that fit them for certain kinds of work (see "You Are Unique" at Ex. 31:1-11, and "You Are Unique" at Ps. 33:15). He wants us to use our skills for their intended purposes, thereby serving Him with all our mind and might (Matt. 22:37-38).
. Christians are to do their work as if Christ Himself were evaluating the effort-because He is (Eph. 6:5-8; see "Who's the Boss" at Col. 3:22-24).
. Christians are commanded to be "well pleasing in all things" in their work, because doing so makes the gospel of Christ attractive to coworkers and customers (see "Your 'Workstyle' " at Titus 2:9-10).
In light of these principles, ask yourself what kind of quality and craftsmanship you put into your work. Would God be pleased with how you do your job? Would He be pleased with the end product or service? Are you proud of the way you do your job? If not, how could you make improvements?