Sometimes I find it difficult to understand scripture. As much as I may feel like a slave at work, I do not consider myself a slave. Also, I do not always feel like pleasing my boss. Often when I have to deal with my boss thoughts come to my mind that would not be considered very Christian.
The thing I do understand is that I want to please God. If I consider that Jesus is my boss, I find it easier to do the job that needs to be done. Whether dealing with obnoxious customers, or annoying employers, I am able to try to do my best for Christ.
Here is how I understand these verses.
Employees, obey your employer as your work requires. Do your best to ensure your job is completed well, not looking for recognition or praise for a job well done. Accomplish your work willingly and with integrity, with the idea that you are being employed by God. Remind yourself that your reward comes from God, not men. That you serve Jesus in everything you do. But if anyone does what is wrong they will pay for it eventually. God does not have favourites.
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