Lately, as I’ve encountered different difficulties at work, I believe the Lord has really been encouraging me in his word. I’ve been seeing so many different verses of instruction for people who are servants in scripture. I know the Lord wants me to serve my boss and co-workers at work, even when it’s hard and even when they treat me poorly.
Here are the verses about serving that have stood out to me that I would like to share:
“Servants (slaves), be obedient to those who are your physical masters, having respect for them and eager concern to please them, in singleness of motive and with all your heart, as [service] to Christ [Himself]—
Not in the way of eye-service [as if they were watching you] and only to please men, but as servants (slaves) of Christ, doing the will of God heartily and with your whole soul;
Rendering service readily with goodwill, as to the Lord and not to men,
Knowing that for whatever good anyone does, he will receive his reward from the Lord, whether he is slave or free.”
1 Peter 2:18-19
“[You who are] household servants, be submissive to your masters with all [proper] respect, not only to those who are kind and considerate and reasonable, but also to those who are surly (overbearing, unjust, and crooked).
For one is regarded favorably (is approved, acceptable, and thankworthy) if, as in the sight of God, he endures the pain of unjust suffering.”
These verses have really spoken into my personal circumstances. I’m learning that when others treat me poorly, I need to be submissive, not try to talk back, argue, or be angry, but forgive and continue to serve them as I am serving the Lord. I also think of what Jesus said: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)
Concerning my attitude while working every day, these verses have been really helpful. I’ve learned I need to do all my work unto the Lord (as also mentioned in Ephesians 6 above) and to do so in God’s strength, relying on him.
“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,
Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).”
1 Peter 4:11
“Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).”
It’s amazing how God can really give us helpful instruction in our times of need and for our life.
His word truly is “…a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105