Exodus 20:12 (KJV): “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”
COMMENTARY: Parent-child relationships are often the most difficult relationships in life, and so are employer-employee relationships. In a sense, your employer is a type of “parent” when you’re on-the-job. While it’s not a Scriptural promise, honoring your boss is certainly conducive to long-term employment at your firm. Plus, in Ephesians 6:5-8, we are instructed to obey our masters (employers) as unto Christ.
APPLICATION: Be careful about having a bad attitude about your boss. You should respect and obey your boss, because you do not know what it’s like to be in his or her shoes. Plus, your ultimate boss is the Lord. Serve Him faithfully on the job, and He will bless you.
Earlier in my career, I was a hard worker, very reliable and giving. I made a significant contribution to the firm I worked for. However, I had a bad attitude about my boss. After I started my business and hired people, I experienced how it felt to be “the boss.” I remembered how I had treated my boss, and the Lord led me to humble myself and send him a letter apologizing for being an insensitive fool.
Perhaps you should write some letters to former bosses, too! Perhaps you need to respect and obey your boss more than you have been. But there are limits. If he or she commands you to do something illegal or immoral, contrary to Scripture and grieving to the Holy Spirit, then you must make a stand and obey God rather than man. You are an ambassador for Christ, not a prostitute!
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Exodus 20:12 (KJV), read The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.