Are there any real men where you work? Or maybe you have other names for the men at your job—liars, cheats, thieves, complainers, and fakes.
Our workplace is one of the best places to show what a real man—a Christian man—is supposed to be. Here are five simple ways to be a real man at work today.
1. Be A Builder Man
As real men, we have to watch our words. We can build up, or we can tear down our workplace with what we say. When it comes to our tongues, we have to be the boss. And we need to possess both the power to speak up and the power to shut up.
Think through these ways to be a real man at work with what you say.
Real men at work don’t complain (Num. 11:1).
Real men at work tell the truth (Psalm 120:2).
Real men at work don’t spread gossip (Prov. 11:13).
Real men at work edify and build up (Eph. 4:29).
Real men at work stand up for what they believe (Eph 6:18-20).
2. Be A Military Man
Real men at work model submission. Most of us have a boss. And yes, this means that we are NOT the boss. Like military men, real men say “yes sir” and then obey right away.
When we submit to our bosses at work, we demonstrate something powerful to our coworkers. Real men are humble men.
Our bosses have a God-ordained position over us. And we are servants. Perhaps we model Jesus Christ to our bosses and coworkers in this way more than any other.
Real men at work understand their place in the workforce chain (Phil 2:5-11).
Real men at work obey and submit to their boss (Rom. 13:1-2).
Real men at work know their real Master (Eph. 6:9; Col. 4:1)
3. Be A Workin’ Man
Real men at work are not lazy. What are your hours? 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.? 10 p.m. to 6 a. m.? Whenever we are at work, we keep our sleeves rolled up. We go to work to work.
And we don’t expect to get paid for standing around. Employment is an agreement—when we’re on the clock, we’re on the job.
How can you be a real man in this way?
Real men at work get things done (2 Cor. 5:10; Acts 15:4, 12).
Real men at work finish the job (Acts 20:24; 2 Tim. 4:7; Jn. 19:30; Lk. 14:25-33).
Real men at work don’t cut corners (1 Thess. 5:23).
Real men at work become the best at their job (Col 3:23).
4. Be a Pure Man
Real men at work are pure ethically. Whether it’s a bank account or a ballpoint pen, the company’s stuff is not our stuff. Stealing is stealing. And real men don’t do that.
Or how about cheating? If we sell a bad product, we replace it. If we collect too much money, we return it. If we advertise falsely, we remove it. And the list goes on.
But real men at work are also pure morally. We are faithful to our wives. If we aren’t married, we abide by God’s policy of not being “unequally yoked” while dating women at work. And sex is for marriage. No matter how strong the temptation, real men say “amen” to that.
How can we be real men in our purity today?
Real men at work don’t steal from the company (Eph. 4:28).
Real men at work don’t cheat (Prov. 11:1).
Real men at work honor their marriage promises (Matt. 19:3-9).
Real men at work abide by God’s standards for dating and sex (2 Cor. 6:14; Heb. 13:4).
5. Be An Investment Man
Real men don’t love money. But our society parades wealth as the best thing that you can get. Real men at work have a different attitude. We don’t work, put in overtime, climb the ladder, and want a raise so that we can put bigger toys and bigger cars in a bigger house on bigger property beside a bigger lake.
Our coworkers might cringe when they hear us say that money is just a way to provide for our family and our daily needs, that we work more so that we can give more, and that there is a place where dust and rust end up. But they will see the difference.
It is so important to do our homework on this one. Real men store up treasure in heaven.
Real men at work understand the importance of money (1 Tim. 5:8; 2 Thess. 3:10).
Real men at work understand the purpose of money (Eph. 4:28).
Real men at work understand the priority of money (1 Tim. 6:10; Heb. 13:5; Mt. 19:24).
So, let’s be real men at work today. Let’s build up others, be humble, work hard, stay pure, and store up treasure in heaven. This type of man will stand out in the workplace as a real man—a Christian man.
Adam Sculley is a freelance writer based in South Carolina.