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.

Equality

“And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.” (Eph 6:9)

In a company, there is usually an hierarchy. At the top is the leadership in the C-suite, followed by managers and mid-level leaders down to those who do the real work and then the seemingly more menial roles of packing, serving, or cleaning.

Every link in the chain that is in every company is critical for its success. From the strategy makers to the parcel wrappers, sales to marketing, warehouse to IT, all are important for the company to succeed.

So it is with God. He sees us all equally. CEO and cleaner, manager and sales assistant are all equal in His mind. So how should we treat each other?

Quick Prayer: We are all equal in Your eyes, Lord. Amen.

Negotiate

“Laban said to him, ‘Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.’” (Gen 29:15)

There is nothing wrong in negotiating. Don’t mistake humility with vulnerability. We are not called to be doormats while we love and serve those around us. If you provide a valuable service or product, ensuring you are well rewarded is an important part of unlocking resources for you and those around you.

Likewise if you are a skilled worker who does a great job serving God with integrity and excellence, ensure you are well rewarded and compensated for your productivity. Linking outcomes to reward is a great way to ensure a share of advantage and blessing. Ask God for insight and favor before you negotiate; He may well surprise you with the outcome.

Quick Prayer: Give me wisdom in my negotiation and a boldness to ask. Amen.