Honor your employer

The 5th commandment says “honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 5:16). However, this commandment doesn’t only refer to honoring your parents, but it also refers to honoring your employer, government and any authority that you are under.

 In 1 Timothy 6:1, the bible commands us to give honor and respect to our superiors at work, it says “let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed” (NKJV). All of us think that we are only supposed to respect and honor only those superiors who treat us well, while we can badmouth those who mistreat us, but the bible’s command is for honor to be given to both good and bad superiors. In 1 Peter 2, the bible says “Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God” (1 Peter 2:18-20NKJV).

Don’t you hate those people who like to be seen as hardworking and busy? Or those who spend the whole day on the internet while at work, but quickly change the screen when their superior approaches so they can look like they were working all along? The bible says “bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. (Ephesians 2:5-8AMP). Eyeservice (pretending to be working when you are not) is deceiving your superior, but most importantly it is breaking God’s commandment. Receiving a day’s wages when you haven’t given a day’s work is defrauding your company, and its sin against God.

The bible also warns against back-chatting, it says “[Tell] bond servants to be submissive to their masters, to be pleasing and give satisfaction in every way. [Warn them] not to talk back or contradict, Nor to steal by taking things of small value, but to prove themselves truly loyal and entirely reliable and faithful throughout, so that in everything they may be an ornament and do credit to the teaching [which is] from and about God our Savior” (Titus 2:9-10AMP).

I don’t know about you, but I have realized that I have failed to give honor to my employers, and as such I have broken God’s commandment. Elbert Hubbard, an American philosopher and publisher (1856-1915) said, “If you work for a man, in Heaven’s name work for him. If he pays wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him, speak well of him, think well of him, and stand by him, and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man, I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of his time, but all of his time. I would give an undivided service or none.”

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1 Comment »

  1. Balstrome said

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/12/my_mouse_has_two_daddies.php

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