18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.” (I Peter 2:18-20).
One final note regarding respectful obedience to our employers, even when they treat us unfairly. Let us make sure that we are suffering unjustly. If we have done something wrong at work, or failed to do what we are supposed to do, then we have no room to complain about any ill-treatment. We deserve what we get: whether it be points, a reprimand or even termination.
If you endure ill-treatment from a boss because of a failure on your part, then keep quiet and go back to doing your job with a renewed sense of commitment to excellence. We all fail at times and it can be embarrassing.
However, if you are ill-treated unjustly, then do the same thing. Keep quiet and go back to doing your job with a renewed sense of commitment to excellence. After all, you are ultimately working to please God and not man (Ephesians 6:5-7). This displays God’s grace and therefore brings God glory.
Specific people and periods throughout church history have highlighted the commitment to Soli Deo Gloria. Leonard R. Payton, chief musician of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, explains that, “It has almost reached the stature of a proverb that Johann Sebastian Bach often placed the abbreviation ‘SDG’ (for Sola Deo Gloria or to God alone be glory) at the end of many of his musical manuscripts. What is less known is that many of the manuscripts contain the abbreviation ‘J.J.’ (Jesu Juva or Jesus help me) at the beginning – and this from a man whose brilliant music poured out of his fingers more quickly than many of us write letters!”
What a way to begin your work day. First, by praying “Jesus help me” today to honor you in my work. Conclude your work day by praying “Lord, may all that I did for you be glorifying to your name.”
Soli deo Gloria!