A Proper Response

A Proper Response

Have you ever heard someone in the workplace say, ”My boss is not fair” or ”I’ve been mistreated” or “I feel disrespected”?   Often times, this is the perspective of people at work…perhaps you even feel that way.  What matters the most in these situations, is how we respond.  Peter admonishes believers in the following: “you who are servants (employees) be good servants to your masters (employers) – not just to good masters, but also to bad ones. What counts is that you put up with it for God’s sake when you’re treated badly for no good reason. There’s no particular virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. But if you are treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God”. (I Peter 2:18-20 MSG).  That’s right; believers are called to endure hardship and to do their best in spite of workplace circumstances.  Our response is what’s important to God. 

Let’s be honest, it is not easy and no one likes to work in difficult circumstances. However, our response in these situations is critical.  The best workplace witnesses are those who obediently do a good job no matter what the working conditions might be. Why is this important? Those without faith are watching us!  Our attitudes and/or behavior will certainly mirror our witness and our relationship with God. A poor attitude reflects poorly on the One in whom we place our faith! You see, as workplace believers, we ultimately work for the Lord. He is our boss…whether we work independently in the field, teach in a classroom or process parts on an assembly line. The apostle Paul writes “Servants, do what you are told by your earthly masters and don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from your heart for your real master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate master you are serving is Christ”. (Col. 3:22-25 MSG)

Our workplace challenge is to give our best all the time regardless of our workplace conditions. Work heartily as God-pleasers doing everything as unto Him (Col 3:22). One caveat; if your workplace circumstance reflects immoral or unethical expectations, your response should be to prayerfully take a stand and/or seek other employment. Pray, seek Godly counsel and trust the Lord with your decision. He is faithful and will guide you through it. Make today count for His Glory.