The overarching verse for this portion came in Ephesians 5:21 “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Paul applied this principle of Christian Living in Christ to marriage, family relationships and now to master and slaves. We no longer have slaves and masters but the principle holds true for employers and employees. Read Ephesians 6:5-9 with that in mind.
Those that work for others: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. 6 Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. 7 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 8 Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
Those that employ workers: 9 Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.
If you look at these relationships and view them through the lens of faith and empowered living in Christ, we see that we are to be loyal, respectful, obedient and filled with integrity in all we do for our employer. We are to do our jobs as if we are doing them for the Lord seeking His reward for right living and not worrying about praise and accolades from our bosses. If we are in a situation where we are the employer, we are to care about our workers, treat them with respect, show no favoritism and refrain from threatening or abusing them in any way. We are to treat them as equals, as we are all equal before the Father.
Wouldn’t our workplaces be so very different if everyone adhered to these principles of right living? However, we cannot control the actions of others and make them treat us by these principles but we can treat others as Christ requires with love, respect and integrity. We can control our own actions and strive to show Christ’s love and care for those around us. Because Christ died on the cross and rose form the dead, we can show God’s love and care whether we are the employer or employee bringing glory to God and blessings upon ourselves.