Blessing Your Boss

“And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive…” Jeremiah 29:7

The Christian employee has a gospel duty to promote the welfare of his employer. Bless your boss. Be a positive contributor to the overall success, mission, goals, and interests of your place of work. If a captured slave could be counseled to “seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive” then shouldn’t you and I be just as earnest and diligent to do good to our boss now?

Consider the example of the captive Israelite girl, who, although a prisoner of Syria, nevertheless sought the good of Naaman the leper by saying “if only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” Imagine that! There she was, carried away from her homeland by the enemy, and yet what a gracious and humble spirit was in this child! She sought her master’s good. Shouldn’t you and I do the same?

Consider the labors of Joseph who was sold as a slave by his brothers. If ever there was an excuse for poor performance, certainly this pitiful Hebrew in Potiphar’s home could plead it. But Joseph “found favor in his sight, and served him (Gen 39:4).” Where he might have been a misery, he became a blessing.

William Gurnall, the Puritan, said this “He that is not a Christian in his shop is not a Christian in his closet, and is a hypocrite at church.” We are called to faithful service as believing employees. Be sure to clock in as a Christian before clocking in at work. Remember whom you serve! And so so, not “with eye service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart (Eph 6:6).”

Here are a few heart-questions to ask ourselves:

Do I show up for work well-rested and ready to give my best for my boss and my business?

Do I convey a positive image of gratitude and joy, thankful to the Lord for the work He gives me?

Am I guilty of complaining about my job or my boss to others?

Do I justify my doing poor quality work because of my working conditions, companions or salary?

Do I consider the perceived injustices toward me a valid excuse for under performing?

Do I generally do the very least necessary to get by?

The Christian must be a Christian at work, as much as at home, and at church. Be a blessing to your boss. “Seek the peace of the city” or business in which you work. Do not think that the Lord is unconcerned with your Godliness in the place of employment.

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