“And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.” Ephesians 6:9
After telling the slaves to be obedient to their masters, Paul turns to the masters. These are the people who controlled or owned the slaves. Since there is no longer legal slavery allowed in the USA today, this would be the bosses of the workplaces.
He states that they are to treat the slaves in the same way. What is the “same way”? The slaves were to obey their masters as though obeying God. Now the masters are to treat their slaves the same way they would treat God.
How is a believer expected to treat God? With respect, awe, and reverence. It is recognition of who He is and the power He holds.
The slave or worker is a child of God. He is an heir to the king’s throne. You will always treat the heir to the throne with the same respect as you would the king.
Many bosses like to be a dictator over the worker, demanding their own way, refusing to listen to the worker. The boss must listen to the worker. He must treat them with respect and honor. Without the worker there would be no need for the boss.
Along with the treatment, one is not to show favoritism. God does not show it nor expect it. Often in the workplaces there is a lot of favoritism. One is given better treatment than the other, and not for good reason.
If you are a boss or one in authority in the workplace, take note on how you treat those under your authority. Are you treating them as a child of God? Or are you just using and abusing them?
Do you show favoritism? Or do you treat everyone the same?
Remember that yes you are over them, but God is over you and them. Every person has someone under their authority, and someone over their authority. Show the love of God in how you lead others. This is true in the workplace, home, and the neighborhood, anywhere you lead anyone in anyway.
I pray today that you will see those under you as God’s children; that you will not threaten them or treat them harshly in anyway; that you will allow God to be Master over you and others; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.