PJ’s Daily Devotional for Thursday, March 9, 2017.
Are you a good worker? How does your faith impact your workplace?
Whether you are the employee or employer, your faith should determine the kind of person you are!
Paul writes of the employee/employer relationship: “Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these things” (1 Timothy 6:1-2).
Two opportunities for employees and a quick word of exhortation to the employers. I teach and urge you:
Opportunity #1: Show consistent respect to your boss and God will bless you! Regardless of whether the person is a Christian! I did not ask you whether your boss deserved your respect, but just the fact that they are in a place of authority over you should cause you to treat them with respect—“regard their own masters as worthy of all honor.” This means you are neither passive-aggressive nor actively working against them. You don’t talk negatively about them around the water cooler and you are gracious with your words when they come up in conversation. You don’t need to flatter them nor are you required to do things that go against God’s commands, but you are called to regard them well. This is likened to the command for wives to show their husbands respect and for children to honor their mother and father. While not always easy to do, it is a moral imperative in the Scriptures—there is a blessing to you for your obedience!
Do you show respect to your boss?
Opportunity #2: Work even harder for your boss when she is a Christian ‘brother’ and God will be glorified! If you are blessed enough to work for a Christian who is conducting themselves like a Christian, do not take her for granted or take advantage of her grace and kindness. Rather, work even harder to support your boss and to increase her business’ reputation in the community. I dislike it when people take advantage of fellow members of the church because they assume they will be generous, go above and beyond, and be forgiving because, well, they have to… Then instead of honoring your brother or sister, you are taking advantage of her; DON’T DO THAT! That is evil! If you are working for a Christian employer, go above and beyond: you have been blessed with that job to be a blessing!
Are you a blessing to your boss and to the customers your boss is trying to serve through his/her business?
A quick exhortation to employers: It is God who put you in a position of authority over one or more of His people. Fear God and treat them with the honor and respect they deserve. As a Christian employer, your #1 goal cannot be quarterly portfolios or production goals, but the proper care of your company’s most precious capital investment—the people under your authority! People are not parts of the production line that can be replaced once they are used up; they are people made in the image of God! So, admonish them to work as the Scriptures command them (Colossians 3:23 teaches all Christians to work with our whole hearts unto the Lord and not for man!), but do so with the love of Christ knowing that it is only by His grace that you stand in the position you do, and tomorrow the tables could be turned. Do not take for granted your position of privilege, do not abuse your position of trust, but rather use it to bless others and to bring glory to God!
Are you building your business for the glory of Jesus Christ?
I exhort each of you, have biblical integrity in the workplace. That is God’s will for your life!