“Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.” (Deu 24:15)
Being aware of people’s circumstances is as easy as taking the time to get to know those you work with. Relationship is often cited as unnecessary in the workplace and actively discouraged in many leadership circles.
My view is that if you build relationship, you get to know your people and their strengths and weaknesses. The more you understand them and they understand you, the better you can work together. You can also see areas of development and unlock potential. Plus they will begin to trust you, and you will be able to help them in their circumstances and minister where possible.
Quick Prayer: Help me to be aware of people’s circumstances and to act accordingly. Amen.
“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.
“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.