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.

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.

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.

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.