Improving our attitude towards our bosses

Obey our bosses

(Rom 13:1-2 NIV)  Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. {2} Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

(Eph 6:5-6 NIV)  Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. {6} Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

(Col 3:22 NIV)  Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

We may not agree with our boss in his every decision. Yet we are told to obey him (unless he contradicts the word of God). And to obey him sincerely, not just when he is looking at you.

Treat our bosses with respect

(Eph 6:5 NIV)  Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.

(1 Pet 2:17 NIV)  Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.


Serve our bosses wholeheartedly as if we are serving God

(Eph 6:7-8 NIV)  Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, {8} because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

(Col 3:23-24 NIV)  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, {24} since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

It is wrong to only serve God wholeheartedly but serve our bosses half-heartedly. According to the Bible, there should be no difference in our attitude, either in ministry or at work.

Be faithful in our work

(Prov 3:3-4 NIV)  Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. {4} Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

The way to win favor with our bosses is actually to be faithful in our work. It does not matter whether we consider our work important or not. If we can be faithful in it, we will eventually win the recognition of our bosses.

Never talk bad about our bosses

(Acts 23:5 NIV)  Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.'”

 (Eccl 10:20 NIV)  Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.

(2 Pet 2:10 NIV)  This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;

Pray for our bosses

(1 Tim 2:1-3 NIV)  I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone– {2} for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. {3} This is good, and pleases God our Savior,

(Psa 72:1 NIV)  Of  Solomon. Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness.

It is all right to point out to your boss if he has done wrong

John the Baptist confront King Herod of his sin.

(Mat 14:3-4 NIV)  Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, {4} for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

Likewise David confronted King Saul of his wrong.

(1 Sam 24:7-11 NIV)  With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way. {8} Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. {9} He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? {10} This day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ {11} See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. Now understand and recognize that I am not guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.