I was so shocked once again today by blatant insubordination of an employee. I think the term is gross insubordination. Being an employer is not at all glamorous or something that is to be envied. I know that the Bible says in the end times there will be lawlessness.
Matthew 24:9-14, Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
We might say that because there is a lot of lawlessness we can assume that the end times are on us and there’s nothing we can do about it. But we don’t know when the end will be.
Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
We could well say that even though we do not know when the end will be, we might as well accept that these are the end times and that we can just shake our heads in disbelief and let it run its course. We cannot leave people who seem to be acting according to the end time prophecies. We still have to continue with the great commission until the very end. Every soul that can be won for Christ is worthwhile.
Romans 4:7-8, “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”
There’s the parable of the workers who got hired at the eleventh hour to work in the vineyard and they got the same remuneration as those who had worked all day. (Matthew 20:1-16) The workers who had worked all day were very upset about this, but the employer reminded them that they had agreed to work for what they received. It is our duty to continue to spread the Gospel and in that way not only add win souls but also have more people who will spread the Gospel. And of course, those who accept the free gift of life will become new people and therefore better people. That means that it will be slightly easier to live in the world. Am I making any sense?
We tend to condemn people very easily when we are personally affected by their bad manners and their bad behaviour. How do you as an employer handle bad behaviour of employees? I have heard a few times already that because I am a Christian I cannot judge the bad behaviour of my employees. That is just a lot of nonsense. Firstly, every employee has a contract which they have to sign in order to be employed. If the contract is violated there are certain procedures to be followed. Every person who call himself a Christian should treat all people with respect regardless of whether they are family, friends, employees or people in the street. I have heard so many non-Christians condemn Christians for doing things which are perfectly lawful according to scripture, but because they have a twisted view of what Christianity is.
Maybe we are in the end times, and maybe we aren’t. It doesn’t matter one way or the other. We shouldn’t let people stop us from what we should be doing. We should be the light and the salt. We should be the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth. We should be doing what Psalm 119:15 and 16 say: I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
We have to be faithful first of all to God and the rest will follow.