Godliness In The Workplace
Slavery was common in Ephesus. Generally speaking, slaves were considered to have no rights and their masters thought they could behave in any way they liked. Therefore slaves tended to grumble as their masters took advantage of them. So how should slave and master relate when either or both of them came to know Jesus and join the church? Paul gave some straightforward principles which are equally applicable to the 21st century workplace.
The worker should respect the boss and not complain. Grumbling in the workplace slanders God, who designed us to be good workers and to honour those who are over us. If the boss is also a believer, they should not expect special treatment nor should they show less respect because they are brothers. Those who serve Jesus should also serve their masters with even greater diligence. Honouring God in the workplace starts with respect, obedience and hard work.
Many of these principles still have to be taught to new believers. They go against the way of the world and our own selfish default behaviour. Without being taught the truth, a Christian can become a spiritual liability in the workplace especially where other believers are involved. The family nature of Christian fellowship can allow the lazy, self-centred and ill-disciplined believer to spiritualise their faults and fail to see the significance of honouring God as they work. So, let us examine ourselves. Grumbling against our boss will slander the name of God. However, if we do obey the Bible’s teaching, and urge others to join us in setting a godly example, the workplace can be transformed and the Lord Jesus is glorified.
© Dr Paul Adams