Colossians 4:1 (ESV)
Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
This passage could just as easily say something like: Employers treat your employees with dignity and respect. Pay them their just wage without begrudging it to them. Since we do not have slaves or indentured servants as such today, we can apply it to employers and employees.
My boss is a Christian. He treats me well, and pays me well. There are other employers that probably do not. But if all employers would treat their employees with the respect and dignity that is appropriate, there would be no need for labor unions.
We are all invested in each other’s lives, which is what the previous section (Thursday’s devotion) teaches us along with this verse. All our relationships should be modeled after Christ’s relationship to us. Although He is master and Lord, He sacrificed all that He could be our propitiation. He saved and washed us clean.
Jesus is our master, and if we look to Him for guidance, we will treat others fairly, or better yet, with grace and mercy.
You see, in my relationship with Christ, I don’t want fairness. I want mercy and grace. I am a sinner, and if fairness was applied, I would be in danger of Hellfire and brimstone. Fortunately, God knows this, and made the way for us. This is why Jesus offers us His righteousness, and He took on our sin.
So as you start your work week, if you are an employee, earn your paycheck. If you are an employer, give generously and treat your employees well. God will ultimately be the final arbiter, on judgment day, and none of us want to face the music we deserve.
May God smile on you this week, and bless us all.
by Virgil Stripes