The Bible contains several teachings about the proper way for employees to treat their employers. These teachings emphasize respect, honesty, and diligence in one’s work. Here are a few passages that address this issue:

  1. Colossians 3:22-24: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

While this passage specifically addresses slaves, its message can be applied to employees more broadly. The command to obey one’s “earthly masters” with sincerity and reverence underscores the importance of respecting one’s employer and their authority. The call to work “with all your heart” emphasizes the importance of diligence and excellence in one’s work, even when no one is watching.

  1. 1 Peter 2:18-19: “Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.”

Similar to Colossians, this passage addresses slaves but can be applied to employees more broadly. The command to submit to one’s employer, even if they are harsh, is accompanied by a call to reverent fear of God. This emphasis on honoring God in one’s work underscores the importance of seeing work as an opportunity to serve God.

  1. Ephesians 6:5-8: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.”

This passage, similar to Colossians, emphasizes the importance of obeying one’s employer with respect, sincerity, and wholeheartedness. The emphasis on serving not only one’s employer, but also God, highlights the spiritual significance of one’s work.

These passages demonstrate that the Bible teaches employees to respect and honor their employers, to work diligently and excellently, and to see their work as an opportunity to serve God. By doing so, employees can fulfill their role in God’s plan and live a life pleasing to Him.