Perhaps most of you already have some work experience under your belts, and if you don’t you no doubt anticipate getting a job sometime in the future. Work is a very important aspect of our lives. After all, we will spend the majority of our lives working. God created us this way, and we need to work. Adam in paradise was even required to dress and keep the garden.
Having worked a few years myself, it seems that there is a definite change going on around me that I was not aware of a few years ago. There seems to be a definite lack of regard for authority in today’s young person when he comes to work.
At least this seems to be true where I work. And maybe some of our older readers would agree with me, that generally, the young people who are just entering the work force have a very negative attitude when they come to work. Just give them any kind of opportunity to get away with something at work and they will take it. And that’s not all, just listen to them talk when they know that the boss cannot hear them and you wonder what they are doing working for a company and boss that are in their words no good.
Now we are faced with a very real dilemma. Perhaps some of what others say with regard to where they work, who they work for, how much money they make, etc., is true. But does that mean then that we can go along with them when it comes to their disregard for authority? Do their ends justify their means?
We are really no different than those of the world, and it is real easy to go along with them, especially when money and how you feel about your employer are concerned. And without the saving grace of Jesus Christ in our lives we would follow in the footsteps of the worldly worker who says, “I’m going to get what’s coming to me, no matter who gets hurt’’.
We can be very thankful to God who in His infinite wisdom has given us His Word. The Bible has a lot to say on this subject, and that is what I would like to close this article with. For God’s Word can say it in a way that all of us can understand and appreciate.
The following is a list of some verses which were included in a list which I came across in an article in Signs of the Times. I am sure that there are more verses which could be added to this list. But if tomorrow when you go to work and some of these problems surface, you will remember what God’s Word has to say about this.
- Be Respectful.
“Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ. Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” Ephesians 6:5-8
- Be Trustworthy.
“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart fearing God.” Colossians 3:22
- For a Day’s Wages Give a Day’s Work.
“That if any would not work, neither should he eat.” II Thessalonians 3:10
- Submit Respectfully Whether Employers are Kind or Overbearing.
“Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the forward.” I Peter 2:18
- Be Willing to Put Up With Injustices.
“For this is thankworthy, if any man for conscience toward God endures grief, suffering wrongfully.” I Peter 2:19
- The Employee is not Greater than His Employer.
“Verily, Verily I say unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord; neither had he that is sent greater than he that sent him.” John 13:16
- Follow Christ’s Example.
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth, he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.” Isaiah 3:7
- Do Not Retaliate.
“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible as much as loath in you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:17, 18
- Do Not Take Revenge.
“Dearly beloved, avenge not you, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay smith the Lord.” Romans 12:19
- Feed Your Opponents.
“Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:20, 21
- Don’t Quarrel But be Kind.
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient.” II Timothy 2:24
- Leave God to Give Bad Employers What They Deserve.
“But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” Colossians 3:25
- Don’t Criticize Other Employees.
“Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4
- Faithful Employees are Entrusted with Greater Responsibilities.
‘‘Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom the lord hath made ruler over his household to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom the lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.” Matthew 24:45-47