Friday January 13, 2017.

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Colossians 4:1

LISTEN: I am sure you might be wondering what employer and employee got to do with today’s teaching, right? We should understand God’s position on the issue of an employer and employee. God wants an employer to treat his or her employee(s) honorably. Then who is an employer? An employer is someone who uses or gets the services of someone to do a particular job: one who provide others with a job that pays wages or a salary.

On the other hand, an employee is a person who works for another person or for a company for wages or a salary. Beloved, the word of God has specific instructions on how an employer and the employee should relate. Therefore, it is ungodly to do otherwise. unfair treatment of employees often raises protest, industrial actions, and all manners of agitation. In our verse of the day, the bible says, ” Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.” (Colossians 4:1).

Beloved, the word “Master” in this bible verse is the same as employer. An employer should not rob his or her employee of his or her wages. The employee, which is in this bible verse put as “servant”, must be given what is due him or her. His or her wage or salary must be fair and equal to the job done. Sadly, many employers are in the habit of robbing their employees to enrich themselves. Beloved, God warns against such act (Leviticus 19 : 13 ; Jeremiah 22 : 13).

Let us not forget that such is evil. In the same way, the employee, that is, the one employed by another to work for him, must work sincerely and with the fear of God. The bible says, ” Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God.” (Colossians 3 : 22).

Are you an employee? You should render well your service, not with eye-service, just working to be noticed, but with your whole heart as working for God. Beloved, as an employer or employee, imagine switching your position, how will you have wanted to be treated? I know you will like to be treated well, please do same to others. Do not forget that we all are God’s servants (employees), and will certainly account for our activities someday.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. As an employer or a master, treat your employees well and do not rob them of their wages or salaries.
2. As an employee, do not practise eye-service. Do your work with all sincerity as working for God.
3. Always remember that God is the Master of masters and will reward you what you rendered to others .
4. Allow the love of God to regulate your relationship with others, and you will not do things against His directives.

Daily Task: Determine to render to everyone what is due them. In any capacity, always be fair and reasonable in your treatment of others.

Daily Reflection: Whether you are a master or a servant, we all are servants to God; therefore, what you render to others in your capacity God will render to you in return.

Daily Prayer: Compassionate God, thank you today for your word, help me to treat others the way I will love to be treated, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy upon your life, may God give you grace to live justly and compassionately towards others, in Jesus’ name.