“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.
“‘So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Mal 3:5)
If I were to make my list of sins from the most heinous to the least innocuous, sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers would be pretty high on the list. On the other hand, bosses who don’t pay well or avoid their responsibility to pay staff, while obviously not right, would feature lower on the list.
Apparently in this regard among many others, God and I have a different perspective. His view is that these people need to be judged and punished in the same way a sorcerer would. Divination and devil worship are equated with a bad-paying boss.
While business owners and bosses may not defraud laborers and staff, if they endeavor to minimize benefits and pay unreasonably, God is watching and has the worker in mind. With authority comes responsibility.
Quick Prayer: I see You equate not paying fairly with adultery and sorcery; I will give it much more importance than I currently do. Amen.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)
We all report to someone. A manager, an owner, the shareholders, partners, a board, and that insidious of masters, the bank. How do we act when they are not present, or not demanding something specific? Do we slack off, are we disrespectful, do we only do what is required and no more?
The bible challenges us to act and work as if serving God Himself. This is because, in reality we are, working for and with a Saviour who has given His all for us. How much more then, knowing what He has endured for us, should we endure all things and work with all our hearts, serving Him. And this should not be out of compulsion but out of a grateful and thankful heart.
Quick Prayer. “You deserve the best Lord, help me to remember who I am working for.” Amen