Submitting in the Workplace

Series: The Foreigners | Week 3: Foreign Request

Read 1 Peter 2:18-25

1. According to these verses, what is supposed to accompany submission to earthly masters?
2. In what circumstances is submission urged?
3. What is the purpose of this type of submission?

In these verses, Peter continued his encouragement to submit by focusing on work situations. He wasn’t advocating slavery, but rather he was urging a change of heart toward authority, whether it’s kind or unjust. He wasn’t telling his readers to be silent in the face of abuse, but rather to seek wisdom and discernment in their response to conflict.

Jesus set the ultimate example for Peter’s readers and for us today. In the face of cruelty and injustice, Jesus submitted to the will of His Father, knowing that it was for a far greater good than what happens on this temporary earth. We too are called to have that eternal perspective. To “work as unto the Lord,” conducting ourselves in a way that honors Him.

Wherever your workplace might be, how do you view authority? Is there a situation that feels harsh or impossible? Turn it over to God now. Pray for courage to live in submission that follows the model of Jesus – showing respect and asking God to use your example to influence others for the Kingdom.

Want to go deeper? Read this article for 7 Practical Ways to Be a Light in Your Workplace, including ideas that apply to interactions with both supervisors and coworkers.

*TPCC does not necessarily endorse all “Want to go deeper” sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.

The Foreigners