Rob West

Who’s Your Real Boss? with Howard Dayton

October 21, 2020
00:00 25:01

God ordained man to work before the fall so we know that labor is good for us and not a punishment, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like a blessing either. If your job’s getting you down  it may be time for a refresher course on the biblical principles for work. Host Rob West welcomes Compass founder Howard Dayton to discuss those in some detail then we take your calls and questions at 800-525-7000.

•          Work was God’s idea for humans even before sin entered the world. Genesis 2:15 reads, “The Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.”

•          The first thing the Lord did with Adam was to give him a job. Despite what many have come to think, work was initiated for our benefit in what was then the sinless environment of the garden.

•          That changed, of course, with the fall. Work was made more difficult. In Genesis 3 we read, “Cursed is the ground because of you, in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorn and thistles it shall grow for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread.”

•          So, we know that work was never intended as a punishment … and that’s true even today. It’s simply more difficult because we live in a fallen world.

•          Scripture doesn’t elevate any honest profession above another. There’s dignity in all types of work, and we find a wide variety of vocations in the Bible.

•          No matter who you work for, your real boss is the Lord Himself. Colossians 3 verses 23 and 24 tell us, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the lord rather than men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

•          God gives us skills. In Exodus 36 we see, “And every skillful person in whom the Lord has put skill and understanding to know how to perform all the work.” God gives us all unique skills and a wide variety of abilities.

•          God also gives us success. He’s responsible for getting you that promotion, or not getting it, at least for now.

•          in Psalm 75 we read, “For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God.”  That means your earthly boss is not the one who controls whether or not you get promoted. When you understand this, you’ll work with a different attitude.

•          Once you realize that you’re actually working for Christ that He’s your real boss you’ll naturally want to work hard. Proverbs 12 reads, “The precious possession of a man is diligence.”


Compass founder Howard Dayton’s been our guest today. You can read more about work in his book, Your Money Counts, available at


Here are some questions we answered from our callers on today’s program:


•           Are you aware of any mutual funds that invest only in countries that are democracies?


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About Rob West

Rob West is the host of the nationally syndicated radio programs MoneyWise and The MoneyWise Minute heard on more than 900 radio outlets each day. Rob also serves as the President of Kingdom Advisors, an international community of financial professionals who are specialists in delivering biblically wise financial advice. Rob serves as primary spokesperson for the organization and gives leadership to organizational strategy.

A radio veteran, Rob previously co-hosted a live, call-in, financial radio program with his father from 1998 through 2008 at WAFG, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Rob has dedicated his professional career to working at the intersection of faith and finance having led a successful faith-based financial services firm, serving as the host of several radio programs on a biblical approach to finance, and speaking frequently on the topic. Rob and his wife, Julie, live in Marietta, GA with their four children.


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