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How to Honor Your Employer in Spite of Yourself

 

You hate your job, right? 

The boss demands you work weekends.

They aren’t paying you what you are worth.

You are underused and underappreciated.

It’s a sweat shop (not literally).

You deserve _____________________.

What other jobs in the world give you an hour lunch, two breaks, health insurance, smoke breaks, and pay you for being sick and going on vacation without losing your job or promotion? I work a day job Monday through Friday and the word, honor, sits on my heart like a paper weight. While I can’t talk about the job itself, I can tell you that, as Christians, we need to honor our employers. With that being said, I will raise my hand and admit that I squirm under the weight of the word, honor.

What does it mean? The word brings to mind a man in a suit, holding a hymn book, and looking down the nose at me from his properly fitted glasses, waiting for me to screw up. Sometimes, I even see God that way. The Bible sets me straight. I can’t possibly do everything correctly. Often, I don’t do everything correctly. Mistakes happen. It’s part of the human condition. That honor word though follows me, but the word, honor, is part of being a Christian. How can we share the Gospel if we aren’t allowed to? How can we share truth with a co-worker without forcing him to hear us? Is being a Christian merely sharing a few devotionals and singing a few songs? Or is it more?

I gravitate back to honor.

In seeking answers, Got Questions said this:

“Peter tells us to “honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king” (1 Peter 2:17). The idea of honoring others, especially those in authority (the king), comes from the fact that they represent God’s ultimate authority. A classic example is the command to “submit to the governing authorities because they have been established by God” (Romans 13:1-6). Therefore, “he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:2). This means it is incumbent upon Christians to honor those whom God has placed over us through our obedience and demonstration of respect. To do otherwise is to dishonor God. (Emphasis Mine)”

Recently, I co-hosted (as the technology person) an online Bible Study on 1 Peter. What do you do when you are in a position where sharing your faith is forbidden?

1 Peter 3:1 talks about wives in a relationship with unbelieving husbands,

“Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, (Read Here)

How is your behavior telling about your faith? It’s not a matter of being well-liked, but someone people can trust. That word, honor, again comes to mind and it is a heavy feeling. I feel distressed when someone feels I have dishonored them, and I truly have dishonored them with my words or actions. Honoring someone means refraining from saying things online. It’s always a tricky area as a blogger. What do you say, how do you say it, and yet share your testimony? I work in the gray areas sometimes when blogging. In the past, blogging has been therapeutic, but early on, learned many lessons. People ask me, “Are you a Christian?”

It’s the highest compliment. It’s also hits me deeply because I know the Lord is working around me. He is preparing ahead of me. It’s odd to feel that I don’t have to do anything, except to honor Him and the people I work for with my actions, because that’s the only church they will experience and the only testimony they will believe. This holds me back from normal marketing, too.

Honoring other people’s spaces on social media means not cross-networking in such a way that it feels like you are fishing for business. Honoring their time means not wasting it. Honoring others above ourselves means going to someone rather than expecting them to come to us, or expecting them to serve us. Jesus demonstrated this in John when He humbled Himself to wash people’s feet:

So he got up from the table and took off his robes. Picking up a linen towel, he tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing. When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” (READ MORE)

Jesus is God. Why would He lower Himself to wash His disciples’ feet?

Why would He die for me?

So, when you consider the ways of sharing the Gospel with others, consider your own heart motivations and actions and consider what the Bible says about honor.

  • What do your co-workers think of you?
  • How do you do your work? Is it done well or do you take short cuts?
  • Are you rude at work to everyone?
  • Are you bringing drama into the room?
  • Are you demanding of people and getting offended when they don’t help you?
  • Are you living the sermon?
  • Are you judgmental or self-righteous?
  • Are you dependable?
  • Do you call in sick when you are really sick?
  • Do you seek power and recognition over substance?
  • Do we care more about a person’s Salvation or our own agendas?
  • Are we willing to risk for Christ?
  • Are we willing to honor our employment’s requirements even if it is difficult?

How we honor others at work, home, and in church says more about our faith than our words. This week, let’s work on understanding and acting out of honor because we don’t want to do a counter-testimony by not living honorably at home or at work.