Working with a Brother?

“Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.” (1 Tim 6:2)

Do you serve someone who is a fellow believer? You know that God sees you as equals and that he or she has a duty of care, but what should our response be when God places another believer in authority over us?

The Scripture is clear that we should go the extra mile to ensure we are model employees and respect and serve them even more than we would normally do. The other person’s conduct and walk is not our responsibility; it is between him or her and God. Our responsibility is to serve our leaders as we would Christ, to be a model employee, and to respect their authority.

Quick Prayer: Lord, I will especially honor other Christians I work with. Amen.

God Is Listening

“Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.” (Jam 5:4)

God hears the voices of those you have authority over. What would they say about you and how you treat them? God is impartial, and He understands the circumstances, but the question remains.

What do you have in your power to give that you are not giving? There are responsibilities beyond fair pay and conditions. Do you really want to just meet the minimum requirements, or will you go the extra mile for those God has placed at your side?

Quick Prayer: Thank You that You hear the voices of those who work for me. Amen.

Pay Fair

“Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.” (Jer 22:13)

Workers are worth looking after. You can do nothing by yourself, and those around you who you may employ or lead deserve not only respect and encouragement but also fair pay.

Do you deliberately underpay someone because he or she is young? Do you take advantage of those who fear unemployment or are in financial difficulty? Do you know someone who is worth more in the market but you are profiting from his or her loyalty?

Boss, manager, leader, owner, CEO—God is watching, and He has a heart for the worker.

Quick Prayer: I will always pay fairly. I make this commitment to You, Lord. Amen.