The Employee & The Boss... What does the Bible say about this relationship?
Memory Verse -- No eye has seen, nor ear heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
Scripture -- Ephesians 6:5-9
Observation -- All that Paul says about slaves and masters applies today in the boss & employee relationship (in any relationship where one has authority of another, really...teacher/student, parent/child, etc.)
As those in the "employee" or student or child position we are to:
1. Obey with respect and fear (this is not a trembling fear but a reverential/honor-based fear--i.e. don't talk about the boss behind his or her back when he or she is not around or complain about them or belittle them to others).
2. Serve them as if serving Christ. Be sincere in your work for them.
3. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching. i.e. -- Don't be on Facebook when you are supposed to be working. Don't do anything when they are not around that you wouldn't do when they are around--this is also a mark of good character.
4. Do the will of God with all of your heart. He wills us to be good "employees," so we should to the extent that our "boss" does not ask us to do something that goes against what God has asked us to do. For example, if a boss asks you to forge a document, that's where the line is drawn and you remember that you serve God above all and God does not want us to take part in lies and schemes, so you respectfully refuse.
5. Work with enthusiasm, as if working for The Lord. Don't be that person who comes in every morning with a scowl on their face or who calls in sick all the time because they just don't want to be there. Go to work with a smile on your face. Be that light to those who can't see the joy you've found in Christ yet. Attract them to him by your behavior.
6. Remember that the Lord will reward each of us for the good we do, no matter our position in life. Note that Paul does not say that The Lord will take into account the bad we do if we have good cause. We are to worry about our own actions, and not the actions of others toward us. There is not justification for treating someone back with anything but love (and this does not mean being a doormat, sometimes it means being bold enough to speak a hard truth, read 1 Corinthians 13, read the Gospel of John and view Jesus' life as an example).
Now for the "bosses."
1. Do all the things listed above. Remember: Jesus, the "boss" or "leader" of all of us came to serve, not to be served. When we are in a position of leadership we should treat it as a position of service to those we are responsible for.
2. Don't threaten the "employees." Remember: we all have the same Master (Jesus) in heaven and he loves us all equally, there are no favorites.
Application -- I will serve as if unto the Lord and I will lead as the Lord led, as a servant-leader.
Prayer -- Father, please forgive me for all the many, many times I did not work as unto the Lord. All the times I wasted time playing on the computer when I should have been enthusiastically working. All the times I spoke ill of a boss. All the times I came in with a bad attitude or called out sick because I didn't want to be there. I pray that going forward you will be my constant reminder to serve and to lead as if I was serving you and by your example of leadership. Thank you for this lesson. I love you, Lord. I pray this helps someone else. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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