Date: Friday, November 16
Scripture: Ephesians 6:1-9
Verse: Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free. – Ephesians 6:7-8
I had several jobs as a youth and young adult: gas station attendant, Burger King Whopper assembler, milkman, and limousine driver. In each position, as you might imagine, I was low man on the job. One of the things I found in each position was how we lowly grunts were convinced we could run the business better than the person who had dedicated his or her professional life to their business (Well, I never actually met the King, but the others were all small business owners). On our breaks we would chat about all the things the business was doing wrong, how they had no idea what the “real work” was about. Thinking back now on a bunch of 16-year-olds critiquing these business owners is quite amusing.
I’d like to say that changed when I entered my professional life, but it hasn’t. I imagine it hasn’t for you either. We clergy are all convinced we would be better bishops, and I’m sure you have people where you work who will gladly tell you what they think your CEO is doing wrong. When that gets out of hand, as it sometimes did in those first jobs, we are not very good employees. How could we be when we were spending more time complaining than working?
While Paul is not condoning slavery, nor justifying cruel discipline from parents, he is telling us as children, employees, and anyone under authority, that we ought to show our love for Jesus through the way we treat those leading us. Don’t miss the other side either though. As a boss or parent, we ought to allow our love of Jesus show through our leadership style as well. As we said yesterday, our faith should shine out of us in all we do. Today we include our leading and following.
Prayer: Precious Jesus, may my following of others be a reflection of following you. And may my leadership be like yours. Amen.
Action: At work/school/home today, let your interactions with those in authority over you, and those whom you lead, reflect Christ.