February 17, 2012
Today’s Text: Colossians 4:1 “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.”
Today’s Key Thought: A wise steward of their vocation exemplifies Christ in their leadership.
The climb of the corporate ladder is most working people’s dream. To get to the top, is the ultimate goal. Some of us have made it, others are on their way. God rewards the diligent and it is not wrong to desire success in the workplace. God has something to say to everyone who is in leadership, regardless of whether it is in the workplace, at home, or anywhere. Those in the position of authority are told to give a fair and equal payment to their workers. It’s not a new idea that a subtle way to get ahead unethically as a leader, is to short your employees wages, benefits, and holidays; ungodly leaders have been doing it for generations. God’s view, however, is different. God’s desire is for those in leadership to treat those under them fairly and equally according to their work. This is not only a godly way to be a leader, but it’s also an incentive for workers to work hard for a fair share of opportunity and benefit. A leader who treats their workers in fairness and equality according to their work, exemplifies Christ in their work ethic, as they remember that they also have a heavenly leader, their Father in heaven.
If we asked those under your authority about how you treat them, what do you think they would say? Your children, your colleges, your students, your workers, your volunteers? If you are in a position of leadership, God has given you this position so that you might exemplify your heaven master, the Lord, in your work ethic. Today’s challenge is simple, analyze how you treat those under your authority and find a way to treat them fairly and equally to their level of work.