Monday, February 18th, 2013
The Chain Of Command (Part 9)
Jobs And Bosses
Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
1 Peter 2:18-20 (NAS)
Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord.
Ephesians 6:5-8 (NKJV)
Job complainers mark Earth and Heaven's history. Grumbling about the boss is an age-old problem. Surely Satan whispered complaints among God's angelic workforce to ignite a rebellion. Their penalty? Exile and ultimately death.
Eve didn't have a complaint--until Satan whispered doubt and envy in her ear. Maybe God wasn't treating her fairly. She got Adam on board. Their penalty? Exile and earthly death.
Our 21st century is a culture of complaint. In our work, 'Job hopping is at an all-time high for millennials' (Forbes).* Moving is easy and penalties seem few. But are they?
In a human sense, job hopping usually brings demotion--harming income, resumes and retirement options. In a godly sense, job hopping shows disrespect for the Great Planner. He puts us in positions for a reason--even when they're hard. Consider Joseph in prison, David in hiding or Jesus in suspension on a cross.
What if we have a justified complaint against an unjust employer? What if we need more money? Take it to God and no one else. David suffered for years at the hand of his employer, King Saul. He complained only to God.
'Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint' (Psalm 64:1). 'I pour out my complaint before Him' (Psalm 142:2). Yet in the midst of grievous trouble, David refused to change positions. Even when mutiny seemed reasonable and the moment seemed right, the future king said of the current king:
'Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord's anointed, and be guiltless?' (1 Samuel 26:9). Throughout it all, David respected King Saul and waited on God's promotion.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Set a new standard of faith in the entertainment industry. By showing loyalty to your circumstance and to your employer, you show loyalty to God. You show off Christ, and you place yourself in God's favor.
By treating jobs and bosses with an unusual degree of respect, your success is only a matter of time.
To Be Continued...
*Link to Forbes article on job hopping: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannemeister/2012/08/14/job-hopping-is-the-new-normal-for-millennials-three-ways-to-prevent-a-human-resource-nightmare/
*Recommended Reading: study on Habakkuk's complaint: http://www.hurtingchristian.org/PastorsSite/weeklystudies/habakkuk/habakkukintro.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Chain of Command series.