Back during Paul's day, a person's status were much more pronounced. You were either a slave or the boss. Today, we call them, employers and employees. Now, in our culture, we can often quit one job and pick another one. In the culture of that day, many of them did not have that choice.
So, you ask, does this passage apply to me? I would say YES. Paul writes in I Peter 2:18-20...
"Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God"
What are we to do?
- Servants - that's us
- Be subject - "one that is placed under authority" Put yourself lower. Do the harder job, take the brunt of the work, put your boss first.
- With all fear - Fear of God. This is where you respect and honor your boss BECAUSE of the reverence you have for your God
- TO WHO?
- God and Gentle: Those bosses who are amazing and love you and want the best for you and your family
- Froward: Those who disobey and oppose God. Those who do not care for you at all because they have no fear of God.
- It shows that we trust God " For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure"
- "Because it is acceptable to God."
- Right way -> To submit
- Right motive -> Praise from God
- Right attitude -> Respect
- Right reason for suffering -> Doing Good
- Right manner for enduring -> Patiently
- Bad attitude
- Lip service
Submission, because God is in control - Rejoicing in the present