2006-08-15

Submitting to a Bad Boss!

It is easy to submit to a boss who is intelligent, caring and better than us. But how about submitting to a boss who is self-centered, abrasive, crude, and don't see thinks as you. Your ideas are not accepted and he just doesn't think much of you ? Is there a Bible verse to cover situation like this ?
 
In church, we also have similar situations. Many leaders left their church because they felt their opinions were not accepted. If we only serve when our views are accepted, and not to stay and work through, perhaps we all should start our own church.... no wonder there are so many independent churches? Reversing the situation, how about us accepting the other party view ? What does the Bible say ?
 
1) Is he really as bad as we think or is it just us ?
Often, the boss' expectation of us and our expectation and valuation of ourselves differ. It is common for people to blame their lack of performance on an over demanding boss or "he just dislikes me".
 
2) Is He trying to test us out ?
Our perceived "over-demanding" boss might be trying us out to see if we can handle greater responsibility. If we pass the test, the promotion could come. We should not jump into early conclusion about the boss.
Heb 13:17  Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.
 
3) Even so...We are called to do our best irrespective....
Even if our boss is an overbearing, demanding, and unreasonable boss, the Bible does not allow that as an excuse for our lack of performance. Except the Boss ask us to do things against the Bible (not to believe in Jesus, do illegal things, ...) we have to still give of our best to the work assigned because we do things unto Christ and not to men. Our reward is not from our boss but from God even if the reward is not now (eternal perspective)  Eph 6:5-8.
 
We have a good testimony to keep. 1Pe 2:12-19.
 
Here is another "Submit No Matter What"...2 Pet 2:13-21
Here is the very obvious one..._to those who are unreasonable (18)  Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, _not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. _ (19)  _For this finds favor_,
 
4) How can we ? Submit to the Lordship of Jesus first.
Jam 4:7  Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
 
5) Then what ....
Give of our best, pray for God's wisdom and grace to enable us to do the best. Pray for our Boss that he may come to see God's view in the matter, especially when he is a Christian.
 
6) Examples in the Bible.
a. Story of Joseph.
b. Story of Daniel.
c. The parable of the unjust judge?

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