1 Timothy 6:1 Let all who are under a yoke as slaves regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. 2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.
This scripture reminds me of another that Paul wrote in Ephesians about servants/slaves and masters/bosses:
Ephesians 6:4 Servants, obey your boss. Respect him with all your heart and try to please him as you would Christ. 5 Obey not only when he is looking at you, as if you were pleasing a man. But obey as the servants of Christ, and do with all your heart what God wants you to do. 6 Work gladly as if you were working for the Lord and not for men. 7 You know that the Lord will pay every man for the good things he does. It does not matter if he is a servant or a free man. 8 And you who are bosses, be good to your servants also. Do not talk loud, hard words to them. Remember that both their Lord and yours is in heaven. He does not love one person more than another.
I suppose its worth mentioning that slaves in this time, particularly in the Jewish culture, were not slaves as we know now being devoid of humanity and rights. I can’t speak for the Greek/Roman nations of Paul’s time, but in Israel a slave was a servant who signed a contract to pay off a debt and by law (God’s decree and command) they were to be treated as a member of the family.
With that said, Paul commands us to regard our bosses (masters) as “worthy of all honor so that God’s name is not reviled.” YIKES! I don’t know about you but my bosses are kind of jerks to me sometimes, I really don’t feel like they are “worthy of all honor.”
It’s difficult but if I dig deeper, Jesus had more power and authority than Pontius Pilate and the Jewish leaders but he submitted to their wordly power and authority. God has put our superiors where they are. And whether they acknowledge it or not their roles are a blessing from God and we must treat it as such.
In that breath we are not called to be abused or taken advantage of by others. God doesn’t want our spirits to die at the expense of a terrible boss. Sometimes we need to leave our circumstances to have the renewed strength and will to find our joy in life again. I know I have had my spirit drianed by a workplace but would refuse to leave until my soul was so distressed I had no choice but to do so.
I pray that we all serve our mangers and bosses with diligent and treat them with the love and respect Christ calls us to!