1 Peter 2:18–20 (ESV) — 18 “Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.”
In today’s scripture, the Apostle Peter instructs slaves in the Roman Empire. There were several million slaves in the first century and slavery was part of the empires social structure. Like the Apostle Paul, Peter did not condone slavery. They both hoped that slavery would eventually be extinguished through transformation of the hearts of people. That’s exactly what happened a couple of centuries later.
In application of today’s Scripture, I have a question for you. Do you work for an unreasonable boss? Perhaps, he or she is even hostile to your Christian faith. Essentially, Peter instructs us to respect those in authority over us, even if they are unjust. Christianity is not a faith of rebellion. We are to seek peace in all relationships. In fact, if we suffer for doing good, we are blessed in the sight of God.
This teaching gives us a whole new perspective on our work relationships. We can glorify God with the right heart attitude. Ask God to give you an unconditional love for your employer. Be loyal. Work hard. Be a light in a dark place.
“Father God, You have placed my supervisor in his position over me. Give me a good attitude toward them, so I can stand out as Your witness. Help me not to engage in “water cooler” gossip and slander toward those in authority. Empower me to have a good work ethic. Open up opportunities for me to share the Gospel with my workmates. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”