1 Peter 2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.
No one understood this better than Joseph. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, he became a servant of an Egyptian political figure. He obeyed his master with respect and integrity, yet he was falsely accused and thrown into prison. There he proved himself a man of honor and again, gaining favor within the prison. But there, he was forgotten by a freed prominent prisoner whom Joseph helped. It was “some time” before this former prisoner would remember Joseph. This man enjoyed freedom and restoration to his position, while Joseph continued on in prison. In every hard place Joseph was in, God was with him and blessed him. God did not change his circumstances, but made him successful in those circumstances. His masters saw the Lord’s blessing on him therefore Joseph found favor.
Joseph could have become bitter or allowed his circumstances to master him. Instead, he trusted God and obeyed Him in every situation. In spite of his harsh environment, Joseph remained faithful, serving with integrity, with goodness and gentleness; not because he sought gain or favor, but because it brought the Lord glory and honor. Those whom Joseph served accounted Joseph’s success to the Lord. He stood out in contrast to the other slaves and prisoners because he chose to behave honorably and serve dutifully as unto the Lord.
Perhaps today, you are enduring harsh treatment by your employer. Maybe you’ve been passed up for promotion or falsely accused. Under the pressure of the financial responsibility to your family you feel trapped in an unpleasant work environment. Or maybe you just feel taken for granted, used, abused and forgotten. It has been “some time” in this place and you are growing weary. May we, like Joseph, remember to Whom we truly serve; the Lord our King and Sovereign Master. Remember He gives grace to the humble and resists the proud. Serve today in the place you work as a lowly slave of God the Almighty and find favor in HIS sight. HE deserves our very best. May we be shining examples of integrity and diligence, representing our Master well.
Ephesians 6:5–8 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.