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Leaving Us An Example

Remember the word that I said to you, “A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. John 15:20 (NKJV)

I was talking to a friend recently who was having a hard time at work due to his employer reducing his pay by roughly 50%.  Even though my friend had exceeded everything expected and outlined within his contract, his employer decided to reduce his wages, and then went so far as to tell him the pay reduction was retroactive, and was therefore attempting to take money already deposited within his account.   He confronted the owners about this, but they insisted this was the best decision for the company and he would have to submit, or he could choose to leave.

My friend had been very committed to doing the best job possible, and in fact, he had already spoken to the owners about how it was his heart to work as unto the Lord while at their business, regardless of what the future entailed.  He now felt as though they might be taking advantage of his integrity and were actually writing a blank check of sorts because he had made such a commitment. 

I explained to him that he didn’t need to stay working for the company forever, as he had never made this commitment to them—he could put in some resumes immediately, and pray for God to open a door.  If something came up he could take it and move on.  But I also told him in the meanwhile he had a great opportunity to trust God in the midst of this, and to be a great witness to his employer’s. 

Truth is we may all find ourselves in a position of being treated unfairly at some point by our employer, but God has given us some great Scriptures to show us He is in control and to help us understand how to better handle these seemingly unfair situations.  The Apostle Peter wrote about this. 

Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 1 Peter 2:18-21 (NKJV)

Chances are we will never be beaten at work, but God made it very clear our being mistreated would probably happen at some point (John 15:20).  Peter wrote to us as the church to remind us that when we are disciplined for doing wrong and we take our punishment in stride; we are merely doing what we should be doing.  But he went on to say even if we are beaten or disciplined for something we didn’t do, we should take it patiently, knowing God has called us to suffer persecution, and he reminded us Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. 

“Leaving us an example” shows us Christ is the pattern for us to copy in our lives. Just as in His life Christ suffered unjustly for doing God’s will, we as His disciples may have this calling.  As servants we are to follow our Master’s footsteps.

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to follow the examples set forth by our Lord.  God is in control and He will be our Great defender (Ps. 18), and He will use everything for good for us because we love Him, and have been called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28).

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 15:20, what truth can we learn from Jesus’ statement?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to let God be your great defender?

APPLICATION: Let’s continue to trust God and seek His handling of those who persecute us.

LET’S PRAY: Father, we thank You for defending us when we are being persecuted.  We thank You for reminding us of Your heart and will for these times.  Help us to be strong in the midst of any persecution as we remember Your great promises.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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