5 Slaves (workers), obey your human[a] masters (leaders) with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as you would Christ. 6 Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but as slaves (servants) of Christ, do God’s will from your heart. 7 Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to people, 8 knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord. (Ephesians 6:5-8 CSB)
We like to assert our independence. Even when we are in a servants place (and as workers we are all servants of a sort), we still want to feel valued. However, that is not always the case. We often feel devalued and can run afoul of the plans of leadership.
Even in these cases we are told to obey. Here is another word people don’t like. Today’s passage is often bypassed due to it’s too direct language. However, we are called to be set apart and an example even under harsh conditions.
Not easy, but what we are called to. Yet too, as leaders we are called to be even more Christ like. Showing a humble and supportive nature, even when we are called upon to make unpopular decisions that impact others.
All of this, for the worker or the leader, can be done with the right heart and with love. Our workplaces need more of this scripture…