“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything …. Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.”

Colossians 3:22, 4:1
As in any age when slavery has existed, slave masters in ancient Bible times often treated their servant workers horribly. Paul gives specific instruction to both Christian slaves and masters, principles which speak today to relationships between employees and bosses.

First, Paul insists that the slave/worker must be conscientious. As followers of Christ in our workplaces, we ought to be dependable, efficient, and honest. Part of putting our faith into action is working hard to get the job done. In all our employment situations, we remember we are promised an “inheritance from the Lord” (v. 24).

Second, Paul instructs masters/employers to be fair, remembering that God is their Master. Every master/employer will have to answer to God for their treatment of their workers. “It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (v. 24) are words that guide the work ethics of both employees and employers.

Pray for your co-workers. Pray for your boss. Pray for the employees you oversee. Your influence could be the tool the Lord uses to bring salvation.



Scripture Focus

Colossians 3:22-4:1

Insight

“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past,/ Only what’s done for Christ will last.” (C.T. Studd, 1860-1931; missionary to China, Southern India, Congo)

Bible In A Year

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  • Psalm 145
  • 2 Thessalonians 1-3
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