Verse of the Day: Masters or Bosses?

September 7, 2008

5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. 6 Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. 7 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 8 Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.

9 Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.

Ephesians 6:5-9 (NLT)

Although the 13th Amendment ended slavery throughout the United States in 1865 (although slavery still exists in the world and even in the U.S. in the form of sexual slavery and other forms) this passage of Scripture still has relevance today in the workplace. We need to respect our bosses and supervisors by working with enthusiasm even when they are not there.

Bosses also need to treat employees with respect and dignity. We ultimately have the same judge and that is God.

From the Life Application Bible:

Paul’s instructions encourage responsibility and integrity on the job. Christian employees should do their jobs as if Jesus Christ were their supervisor. And Christian employers should treat their employees fairly and with respect. Can you be trusted to do your best, even when your boss is not around? Do you work hard and with enthusiasm? Do you treat your employees as people, not machines? Remember that no matter whom you work for, and no matter who works for you, the one you ultimately should want to please is your Father in heaven.

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