Competition is, in many ways, central to our corporate culture. Promotions, perks, and prestige are reserved for a select few, and we often gauge the success of our careers by how high we climb up the ladder. 

But whose example are we, as Christians, to follow? The high-climbing executive, surrounding himself with privilege? Or is it Christ, the embodiment of ultimate power refusing any of its perks? 

There's nothing wrong with working for promotion, if you can do so humbly and honestly, focusing on the character of your work instead of how many marks of favor you accumulate. We are called to more than flight upgrades and new office chairs; the work we do, after all, is to glorify someone far greater than ourselves.


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When we develop a relationship with Christ, we want to grow like Christ in word and deed. We want to develop Christ-like character. However, as sinners saved by grace, we approach ethical growth knowing that, compared to Christ, "all our righteous acts are like filthy rags" (Isa. 64:6). We act ethically in order to glorify and imitate him, but we humbly understand that we will never be him. We act ethically in response to the One who acted far more ethically than we can fully grasp.

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