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28 Apr 2014

Don’t Please Your Boss, Please The BOSS


If you are employed and struggling to please your boss, and wish you could be the next  hero at your workplace; yet whatever corrective step you take seems to be another ample blunder. You have also tried several techniques to win the heart of your boss and yet it is not working. May be you are missing a great deal of knowledge.

Every morning billions of people around the world leave their homes all in the name of work, struggling for sustenance and doing the conventional. Many work hard every day to make good income but yet not knowing who they sweat for. As a result, they build faulty premise around their work, convolute work ethics and make their work terrifyingly unproductive and un-conducive. This is the answer for most workplace disputes.

Grant Thorpe made a grand contribution to this topic in his article, A Christian View of Work and Vocation. Grant acknowledges that all relationships derive from God and hold together only in Christ (See Acts 17:26-28, Col. 1:15-20). And work relationships are the same. Slaves were to obey their earthly masters, not as men-pleasers, but fearing the Lord, and serving the Lord Christ. Masters were to treat slaves justly and fairly knowing that they had a Master in heaven (Col. 3:22-4:1 Also Eph. 6:5-9). The same should define work relationship between an employer and an employee.

Whom do we work for? Christians betray their true attitude to God as much by how they work as by how they worship. If a Christian in fact works for God, to please God, knowing they will be rewarded by God, it is clear that his approach to work will be drastically precious. In the same way, other relationships will follow the same order. A wife is to live as is fitting in the Lord and children to live so as to please the Lord (cf. Col. 3:18, 20). It all makes sense.

If a person can quickly reject this understanding of working for God, as unreal or idealistic, it would be good for them to ask if their relationship to God was real-or only idealistic.

Parables such as the vineyard and its tenants (Matt. 21:33-44) and the talents (Matt. 25:14-30), teach that God holds man responsible for every work entrusted to him. This includes the whole deeds of man, and not exclusively what may be called religious duties. Come to think of it, even the fourth commandment (cf. Exo. 20:4) requires first, that in six days, man shall do all his work before keeping holy the Sabbath.

The Christian man therefore is answerable first to God in respect to proper management functions.

In all relationships, authority is delegated to those in leadership roles, and that these leadership roles are to be respected because they are delegated rather than because they deserve to be respected. The New Testament is not unmindful that this on occasions will lead to injustice and affirms that the offended party is to commit his case to God. There is no mention of rejecting the authority however. This entails that the means are now available whereby the power of employers can be checked, but in using these means, employees should remember also that they work to please God and that it has pleased God to make leadership essential to work relationships for proper management functions.

Besides, Proverbs 27:18 tells us that he who guards his master will be honoured. Mordecai did this with very significant results (Esther 2:22). This suggests that in a wider scope, employees should seek the well being of their employer. Judaean captives in Babylon were told to seek the welfare of the city to which they were taken hostage because from that would come their own welfare (Jer. 29:7). Daniel obviously maintained his place as statesman to pagan kings because he sought their welfare (Dan. 4:19). In each of these cases, the authorities were far from seeking the objectives of God (although they might), yet God’s objectives were fulfilled by men meeting their obligations to their immediate pagan employers, as far as was possible. This means that every work done, directly or indirectly, is accountable to God.

Those who have endless objections to their employers may in fact be reaping the reward of not seeking their employer’s welfare and probably expressing their rebellion towards God simply for not knowing whom they work for and thus bringing dishonored on themselves, contrary to the supposed promise of Proverbs 27:18.

Be careful! Love and learn from your boss and you shall lead someday.

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