Respect

All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves. 1 Timothy 6:1-2

The closest relational analogy we have of a master/slave relationship is that of employer/employee. As employees we should make our employers shine, so to speak, whether or not they are believers. If they are believers, we will want to work harder foo their benefit.

The flip side, of course, is that of the employers. You want to create an environment so your employees want to come to work each day. I recall a job I had while in Bible school. Many students were recruited to work in a factory-type, assembly line setting for a company owned by Christians. Midway through the day, the supervisor said, “I don’t mind you talking, but don’t slow down your pace because of it.” Up to that point, we had enjoyed the work. Needless to say, she had a hard time recruiting next time that type of work became available. It was a cold and demotivating thing to say to workers who were hustling to get the work done.

How are you treating your boss?

How are you treating your workers?

If it’s anything but with the utmost respect, then it’s time to revisit attitudes.

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