Genesis 5/9: The Boss of Abraham

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Today is for those who are in charge over other people. What kind of boss are you? What do your employees think about you? If you are a follower of God, do they see the wonderful, merciful, kind God that you serve?

Abraham was getting old in age and he was worried about his son, Isaac, marrying a woman among the Canaanites and the influence that would have on Isaac’s relationship with God. So he summoned his oldest servant in his house and asked him to go back to his country and find a wife for Isaac. This was not a job to the servant. This was an honor to be trusted in this way.

This servant saw God in a way he saw Abraham. When he stopped for a drink at well just outside the city he was going to, he prayed, “O Lord God of my master Abraham…” During that prayer he asked for some specific signs that he was looking for to be successful in this journey. Right away God answered him.

This servant related to who God is by how Abraham treated him as a master. If Abraham was kind and caring toward him, his God must also be the same way.

In many ways, the people under our authority can see what kind of God we serve. But not everyone reflects who He is in their business endeavors. How do your employees see you as a boss or as an owner of your company?

My wife related to me a story just the other day about a place she used to work and how much the administrative assistant loved working for her boss. He was always taking care of them and they loved to work for him. His example set the tone of their efforts at work.

There are people who are in positions of authority who look at others under them as though they are below in the life cycle. God does give certain people with talents enabling them to take charge, organize people, and direct business in ways others can’t. However, being in a position of authority doesn’t mean you are better than others. It just means you have more responsibility and part of that is to reflect who God is by your actions.

I know a pastor or two who felt that their position was more divinely appointed than what I was doing in life. But this is not so. It is only different. We are to use the gifts God gives for His work, regardless of the gifts we have. God sees us equally in His plan of salvation for others.

So when you work today, think about the influence you have on others. Think about the example of God you are supposed to reflect. Think about that what you do or say can either point people towards Christ or away from Him. The direction is your choice.

Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord. And he said, “Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.” -Genesis 24:26-27


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