“Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.” (1 Peter 2:18)
We all at some time have to report to someone harsh. Maybe it is a shareholder, director, other authority, financier, supplier, or customer. In the midst of our stakeholders and authority figures, there will be some harshness.
So what should be our response? Submission. Clear and simple. But let’s not misunderstand whatthat means. We should not be a doormat—Jesus was never a doormat—but we must take a submissive stance with a willingness to serve despite how it is received or perceived.
This is a tough call, but it’s God’s way. He will be with us all the way, equipping us when we have nothing to give. When we do it His way we can expect His results.
Quick Prayer. “Help me to bear the load when it gets heavy Lord.” Amen
Just His word on work today, what is He saying you?
“Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God. Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free. Masters, it’s the same with you. No abuse, please, and no threats. You and your servants are both under the same Master in heaven. He makes no distinction between you and them. And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and He wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.” (Eph 6:5–12 MSG)
Quick Prayer: I commit myself and my work into Your hands, Lord. Bless me and guide me according to Your Word. Amen.