Change Who You work for?

The scenario is the same. Every monthly meeting has it’s minutes of chastisement. Threats abound if you don’t do what is ordered for you to do. If you don’t do what you are told you are threatened with correction action up to and including termnation. This ‘reminder’ is given before opportunities to obey are experienced.

As a child told, by my parents, to do something only had threats of corporal punishment after about the third time of being told. It wasn’t part of the initial directive.

The first paragraph could cause negative moral if experienced over an extended period of time. Eventually the threats aren’t taken as seriously as might because of limited ‘follow-up.’ It’s like the parent who keeps threatening to punish a child for bad behavior but never does.

Those negatives at work can create an atmosphere where no one really likes to report there. Add gossipping, negative dispositions from fellow employees who are too good to be corrected and whatever pay you receive is not near enough. Naturally the cry goes out to look for another job. There are times when that is the answer.

There are times when a new perspective can help tremendously. I’ll share that perspective in hopes I am not thought as being ‘holier-than-thou.’ No doubt you are aware of the scriptural precedents on how to treat employers and that employers also serve a Master.

What has helped me as an employee is to remind myself I am not working for who most would say I am. My boss {Master} is God. If I work in such a way as to please Him, then pleasing others becomes less bothersome. If God is pleased with my work ethic and the company boss is not then the company boss has the real problem.

I hear on a regular basis about professionalism at work. Too bad the vocabulary isn’t considered as a part of what makes a person professional. Truth is vulgarities are unprofessional.

We are to obey our earthly bosses with fear and trembling and sincerity of heart as working for Jesus. this is not to work to please others.We are to do our work faithfully as slaves for Christ.

Our attitude at work should not be marred with angry agreement with clinched fists to do what we’re asked. It’s sincerely responding well when given an assignment. The only way to have a good attitude is by realizing we work for Christ and not for the person who signs the check.

Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free. And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. (Ephesians 6:5, 6, 8, 9 NASB)

Until Next time,

Hoss

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About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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