We’ve been talking about God’s principle that in order to receive honor, we must first honor God and honor other people. Giving honor is the prerequisite for receiving it. Let’s go on with our list of honoring people.
Employers – It’s not always easy, is it. Sometimes we see the failings in our bosses, ways things could be done better, and unfair treatment of employees. No matter who you work for, it is going to happen on some level. What should our response be?
1.) Let as many servants as are under bondage count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and his doctrine is not blasphemed. — 1 Timothy 6:1
We’ve got to remember at all times that the world around us is watching. We can either glorify God by working with excellence and showing respect to our employer, or we can turn our employer and the other employees away from ever coming to know the Lord by our actions and speech.
2.) Slaves, you must obey your earthly masters. Show them great respect and be as loyal to them as you are to Christ. Try to please them at all times, and not just when you think they are watching. You are slaves of Christ, so with your whole heart you must do what God wants you to do. Gladly serve your masters, as though they were the Lord himself, and not simply people. You know that you will be rewarded for any good things you do, whether you are slaves or free. – Ephesians 6:5-8 (CEV)
Just about anything that applied to slaves in Bible times can be applied in our day to our work environment. God expects us to serve on the job, gladly, as though we were serving Jesus Himself. Christians should be known as the hardest working, most dependable employees in the company, and they should be the most respectful. It is not in God’s order to be complaining about the boss. It is God’s blessing to have a job, and if the one you have is not one you can be grateful for, you have the option of finding a different one. If you bless the employer you work for, God is going to see to it that you are blessed in return. So, whether you have a great boss or a difficult one, the principle is the same: honor him.
3.) And masters, treat them the same way, without threatening them, because you know that both their and your Master is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him. – Ephesians 6:9 (HCSB)
Employers, it works both ways. In our day and age, your employees are not slaves. Neither are they machines without feelings. Employees need to be respected and cared for.
Government leaders – “Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (1 Peter 2:17).
So much has been preached about obeying, respecting, and praying for our government leaders already, yet it seems that so many of us still are disrespectful of them. Maybe it is time we read through Romans 13:1-7 (obedience and respect) and 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (praying for them) again.
No matter how ungodly a President or other government leader may be, if we speak scornfully of him or wish evil upon him, we are being just as ungodly. You may not be able to respect the person in the office, but honor him in your speech for the sake of the office. Pray for government leaders, for their salvation and for wisdom in decision-making. Prayer for others changes our heart toward them.