Do you like your boss? Do you respect your boss?


Do you realize that God has put them in authority over you for a reason? for a purpose? Do you realize that we need to live in a way that we submit to them? Not because of who they are, but because of who put them there. We need to live our lives in regards to them in a special way so that in everything we do we give God all the glory!

Today’s reading:

9Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

–from Titus 2

So let’s consider how we are suppose to live and work in regards to our boss…

  • submissive
  • well-pleasing
  • not argumentative
  • not pilfering
  • showing all good faith

Considering where you are at, you may be asking “Why?” and today’s reading answers that too with “so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.”.

There are not only benefits to having Christian bosses, but also benefits to having Christian employees!

Today unlike back then we work places voluntarily. With that in mind, how much more should we be living in a way that will glorify God? It’s not about if they are a believer or not, its about if you are or not! If you are, then your life is a living testimony in front of their eyes of who you are and who God is in and through your life! When we work without complaining witnesses to your boss something that words aren’t able to even express! You may be the one who is at that place right now to help them meet the Lord! You may be the one who is planting seeds that you may never get to see the fruit of, but may be the thing that turns their life around! So let’s work and live in alignment to God’s purpose and plan for our lives!

When we live our lives in a way where we are working hard not to holding back… When we live our lives in a way where we are working our hours scheduled so we aren’t robbing the company…Give a full days work for a full days pay!

The main reason for why we are called to a higher standard of living is so that we can make the Christian life attractive to others! So that others will see it and be drawn to God!

Today’s devotional (day 5) adds some additional perspective to this scripture…

The Christian faith is good for business because it values order and authority. God is a God of order and hates chaos. He has built divine authority into family and government to provide a valuable structure for everyday living that provides safety and security.

He also values order in economic enterprises: “Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive” (Titus 2:9,10). Slavery in the Americas was brutal and repulsive. Slavery in the Roman world in biblical times was much milder and was practiced everywhere. Many, many early Christians were slaves. This passage does not endorse slavery; it merely recognized an immense reality and gave practical advice on how to navigate a world where people are subject to the will of others.

What Paul wrote about servants back then applies to all employees today. Our Christian faith inspires us as employees to let our bosses dictate our daily agenda. They get to tell us what to do, and we try to please them, show them respect, show them honesty and integrity, and win their trust.

An added bonus from God–not only will those values improve the company, but they also make God look good too.

–from Day 5 from Good for Business: Devotions From Time Of Grace

So…

Where are you at…

Will you step up and step in to the calling God has in and for your life at work?

Will you let your light shine?

Will you let the hope that is in you speak through you?

I’ve heard the quote Preach everywhere you go and when necessary use words.

So let’s pick up that calling on our lives from God! Let’s live lives that will draw others to want to know more about Jesus! Let’s allow God the opportunity to transform the lives around us in a way that is so beyond anything we could have ever considered or imagined!

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Are you generous? Are you just? Are you fair? Do you care?


You may be thinking these are interesting questions. You may be wondering how they are related. They are all questions related to work as I am still making my way through devotionals on that subject. At work are you?  Are you a leader/boss who manages the rewards/payday elements? Do you own a company? How would you rate on these questions?

Consider these verses before we jump into today’s reading…

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

–from 2 Corinthians 9:7

as well as

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

–from Proverbs 11:25

as well as

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

–from Proverbs 21:3

as well as

It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

–from Romans 3:26

and since we want to be like Jesus…

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

–from 1 John 1:9

So back to our questions…Are you living a generous life? Are you being just in the way you are living life?

Today’s reading (day 4) goes like this…

1Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. 4Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.

–from James 5

How do you want to be seen by God? What do you want Him to have been hearing about you? The reality is He sees through the outside to your heart and know your intentions. So will you live with a clean heart? Will you live with clean hands and a pure heart? We need Jesus’ help! We need to invite Him into our hearts and allow God to start the work of cleaning things up through the Holy Spirit as our comforter and our guide! If you consider your heart to be a house, who or what have you allowed into it? Would you consider inviting Jesus into your heart and allow Him to clean it up for you?

In Today’s reading we see a call out to those in authority and in leadership! We see a call out to the rich and if you remember in another verse, because of the heart for man it would seem hard for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God, but with God all things are possible!

In Mark, we read it this way…

24The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?” 27Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

–from Mark 10

So let’s reflect for a moment on where we have worked in the past. Let’s reflect on the places we liked and why we liked working there. Now what about where you work today? Does your boss live in a way that shows he cares? Are you a boss? Are you living in a way that your employees know that you care? Or do you intimidate, bully, torment, oppress, repress, manipulate, cheat, put their health at risk, lie, and/or take advantage of your employees? You know yourself and your intentions and purpose! You know your goals and objectives and what you are willing to do to achieve them! So how are you living? Will you be someone who leaves a good memory in their employees minds by treating them fairly? Will you be someone who is remembered as a nightmare of a place to work? Does it matter to you? Do you care?

Consider your answer now in relations to God’s Word from today’s reading!

God watches how employers treat their employees! God will reward or withhold blessings based on that! Blessings doesn’t equal money! Blessings are more powerful than  money — they can be relationships, they can be opportunities, they can be favor, they can be wisdom, and yes, they can be money. Did you see how today’s reading started?

1Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. … 4Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.

–from James 5

So how do you want to end up? Throughout history there are many stories of the rich taking advantage of the poor, the upper class holding it over the lower class. How are you going to lead? How are you going to live? How are you going to serve?

Do you want people to want to come into work? Do you want people who just come in for a paycheck? Do you want people who are invested in the company? Do you want people who are looking for the best way out?

Do you care?

Even if you don’t, do you really want to put yourself in the situation where you have the anger of the Lord against you?

Are you busy at work or just busy?


When you consider your life are you working hard? When you consider your life are you busy working? When you consider your life are you a busybody? It matters. It makes a difference.

Today’s reading speaks to this point as follows:

11For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

–from 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 (ESV)

We aren’t to be idle! We aren’t to be disruptive! We are to settle in and earn our keep! Proverbs tells us:

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece.

–from Proverbs 16:27

Don’t be refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business! Don’t be living undisciplined lives and accomplishing nothing! Don’t be disorderly!

So are you being useful? Are you being helpful? Are you? Will you settle down and earn your own way? Will you quiet down and do what you are needed to do? Will you focus on living a way that will bless and honor and please God? Will you mind your own business and focus on doing the work God has called you and purposed for you to do?

Do you want to be lazy? Would you rather be a lazy person who keeps missing the mark? God made us to work! God himself worked! And on the seventh day He rested! So it’s not about being busy 24×7 it’s about doing the work God has created you and called for you to do! He finished the work! God put Adam in the garden to work it and take care of it! God created everything and to this day He works to sustain them! We need to work in order to eat.

As Christians in the workplace, we should be living in a way that demonstrates what we believe in and that we are working unto God! Our work ethic should be based upon our faith! We need to have a work ethic that isn’t all about trying to avoid or disrespect working and getting stuff done, for that will just lead to trouble! As we read in today’s reading:

We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.

–from 2 Thessalonians 3 (NIV)

God’s plan and desire is for us to leave our gossiping and overbearing, interfering, and meddlesome behind us! We are to work so that we can fend for ourselves! We work to build up our self-confidence and morale. The commandment and urge is to help us get out of that place and get unstuck from the other ways. (check this study for more)

Today’s devotional (Day 3) completes with this thought for us to consider…

A successful company has leaders who are not afraid of long hours and intense effort, who work hard to improve their products and services, stay lean and efficient, recruit and promote the best possible talent, and inspire their workers to produce the best possible quality.

Am I describing your company?

–from Good for Business: Devotions From Time Of Grace

Consider where you are at? Does this apply to you? Does it apply to your company? Does it apply to your group within the company? If not, why not?

Are you living life as a servant?


Are you a leader? Are you a servant leader? Are you a worker? Are you a servant worker? Are you serving your customers? Are you serving your co-workers? Are you serving those who you are leading? Will you humble yourself enough to serve others? Will you serve others with integrity and honesty? Are you living life as a servant?

Will you sacrifice yourself for the benefit of others? Will you live your life like Jesus did?

Today’s reading (day 2) starts in Micah with…

11Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales and with a bag of deceitful weights?

–from Micah 6:11

Are you serving your customers? Is your attitude and your company’s/team’s attitude one of serving your customers? Are you focused on making your customers feel important? Are you focused on doing what is needed to help (serving) your customers? Are you paying attention to what they are saying, asking, needing? Are you responding in a way to show that they are important and their needs are important? Are you working with honest and integrity by keeping your promises? Are you humble enough to admit mistakes and address/fix them? Are you working to build trust with your customers? We need to be good stewards of what God has give us! We know from today’s reading God is keeping an eye on the transactions taking place and is looking for honest business practices!

Listen to what they are asking! Sell them what they need! Don’t try to rip people off! Don’t make things so complicated that people feel like you are taking advantage of them! Don’t try to secretly sell them damaged goods! Don’t offer one thing and then sell them something else! Let’s work to serve our customers and make their lives better!

Ever heard of win-win situations? Let’s humbly serve our customers in a way where we both success because they are succeeding!

Wondering what to say? Wondering what to do?


No matter what you are facing there is only one real choice. Anything else will just set you up for trouble. Anything else will unravel over time to the point where you are at the end of the line. So do what is right and tell the truth!

Today’s reading goes like this…

13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

–from Psalm 34

So don’t speak evil and don’t speak lies! People are going to ask you tough questions and you need to be ready! People are going to ask because they need to hear the truth! We can’t be people who try to skirt around the truth or make excuses, we need to speak the truth in love! We need to be speaking to them the truth to correct, rebuke, and encourage!

The devil will try to cause fear! We need to resist the devil‘s attempts! We need to walk in faith, the antidote to fear, and do what God calls us to do and to say so that we can speak the truth in love to those who step into our lives and are seeking wisdom, godly wisdom! We need to put our trust in God, for fear and faith can’t occupy the same space.

Today’s devotional (day 1) starts with the following about business …

Just as some people believe there should be a separation of church and state, others believe that church and business are equally incompatible. I would like to take the contrarian view. I think our Christian faith is good for business. I think Christians make the best bosses, Christians make the best workers, and Christian values make the best company philosophy.

What do you think? I know I was questioned about my posts showing up on LinkedIn a few times. My answer has always been that there is only one of me. There isn’t a work me and a non-work me! What I share isn’t just for people who believe, but to encourage everyone with love and hope! I want to let the world know that their is hope, no matter where they have been or where they are, there is hope for what is yet to come!

We don’t want to be like the devil right? He is a liar and the father or lies! He comes to steal, kill, and destroy!

God’s plan on the other hand is that we can live life and life to the full! So let’s not live life in the shadows, but out in the light! Let’s allow our light to shine by speaking the truth in love! So let’s speak the truth everywhere! Speak into your family when you are at home! Speak into your friends when you are at school or at work! Speak into the leaders around you be they your boss or your teachers! Let’s do what God’s Word for today tells us…

13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

–from Psalm 34

It doesn’t matter who is asking you the question, the answer should be the truth!

  • What do you do when the police ask you a question?
  • What do you do when the IRS asks you a question?
  • What do you do when your boss asks you a question?
  • What do you do when your teacher asks you a question?

Lying to them will never end well. It will catch up with you in the end and you will have to deal with the consequences! Did you make a promise? Then keep it! Let your yes be yes and your no be no!

Speak the truth, for the truth will set you free!

What is your character? A strong character will help you to build relationships with those around you! It’s hard to build your character and once the trust is broken, you might be able to build it back up, but you have allowed the devil a foothold which will create doubt and potentially make others guarded in how they speak and relate to you going forward! Do you want to have a good reputation? Tell the truth consistently! Want to build up trust? Tell the truth consistently!

Consider a business that practices this…If you build the relationship with your customers based on truth, they will trust you and build a reputation that is good about you! Some people discuss the benefits of repeat customers over new customers! Would it be better to have 1 customer who buys 100 things or 100 customers who buy 1 thing? If they buy, try, and then find out you lied, it won’t be a return and it won’t be a good reputation that is being built! If they buy, try, and find out that everything you did and said were the truth, they are more likely to buy again and to tell others good things! Ever heard that when someone has a bad experience they will tell 10 people and when someone has had a great experience they will tell 1 person? There is an impact to doing the right thing! There is a much worst thing that happens when you don’t walk in the truth!

It’s important in all areas of life that the truth is being spoken or else people don’t know what is really going on! So tell your boss and your leaders the truth! They need to know it so that they can respond accordingly! Make sure that the data you present is accurate because data that is wrong or manipulated sets a false sense of where you are at and won’t help you, the company, or even the owners.

Will you speak up? Will you speak out? Will you tell the truth?