Do you realize that God has put them in authority over you for a reason? for a purpose? Do you realize that we need to live in a way that we submit to them? Not because of who they are, but because of who put them there. We need to live our lives in regards to them in a special way so that in everything we do we give God all the glory!
9Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
–from Titus 2
So let’s consider how we are suppose to live and work in regards to our boss…
- not argumentative
- not pilfering
- showing all good faith
Considering where you are at, you may be asking “Why?” and today’s reading answers that too with “so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.”.
There are not only benefits to having Christian bosses, but also benefits to having Christian employees!
Today unlike back then we work places voluntarily. With that in mind, how much more should we be living in a way that will glorify God? It’s not about if they are a believer or not, its about if you are or not! If you are, then your life is a living testimony in front of their eyes of who you are and who God is in and through your life! When we work without complaining witnesses to your boss something that words aren’t able to even express! You may be the one who is at that place right now to help them meet the Lord! You may be the one who is planting seeds that you may never get to see the fruit of, but may be the thing that turns their life around! So let’s work and live in alignment to God’s purpose and plan for our lives!
When we live our lives in a way where we are working hard not to holding back… When we live our lives in a way where we are working our hours scheduled so we aren’t robbing the company…Give a full days work for a full days pay!
The main reason for why we are called to a higher standard of living is so that we can make the Christian life attractive to others! So that others will see it and be drawn to God!
Today’s devotional (day 5) adds some additional perspective to this scripture…
The Christian faith is good for business because it values order and authority. God is a God of order and hates chaos. He has built divine authority into family and government to provide a valuable structure for everyday living that provides safety and security.
He also values order in economic enterprises: “Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive” (Titus 2:9,10). Slavery in the Americas was brutal and repulsive. Slavery in the Roman world in biblical times was much milder and was practiced everywhere. Many, many early Christians were slaves. This passage does not endorse slavery; it merely recognized an immense reality and gave practical advice on how to navigate a world where people are subject to the will of others.
What Paul wrote about servants back then applies to all employees today. Our Christian faith inspires us as employees to let our bosses dictate our daily agenda. They get to tell us what to do, and we try to please them, show them respect, show them honesty and integrity, and win their trust.
An added bonus from God–not only will those values improve the company, but they also make God look good too.
–from Day 5 from Good for Business: Devotions From Time Of Grace
Where are you at…
Will you step up and step in to the calling God has in and for your life at work?
Will you let your light shine?
Will you let the hope that is in you speak through you?
I’ve heard the quote Preach everywhere you go and when necessary use words.
So let’s pick up that calling on our lives from God! Let’s live lives that will draw others to want to know more about Jesus! Let’s allow God the opportunity to transform the lives around us in a way that is so beyond anything we could have ever considered or imagined!