All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against. Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. Teach and preach these principles. 1 Timothy 6:1-2
There are renters and there are owners in the workplace. What do I mean? Some employees treat the business or the organization they work within, as if it were their own. Others are no so interested in doing more than they are paid to do. They are renters. As Christians, we ought to bring “added” value to the workplace, doing more than is expected or contracted, treating those we work with and for, as if they were the Lord Himself.
Paul, raised an issue with Timothy who was leading the church in Ephesus. The issue was how Christian slaves (most likely house servants) were lacking respect for their masters and bringing the name of God into lower repute. I think the best application we can make today is the employer-employee relationship. We can determine to bring added value to our employers.
Without time to really unpack the historical injustice of slavery, suffice it to say at this time that the Bible acknowledges the reality of slavery, does not advocate for it, but rather shows how a believer can live even within those bounds, joyfully and as a servant of God, not man.
While there have been misguided teaching in particular historical seasons, no philosophy on earth has done more to free people from the actual tyranny of slavery than Jesus’ and Christianity.
Would my boss consider me as one who adds value beyond what I am paid to do? Am I truly serving the Lord Jesus in my vocation?
God as this day begins, may I represent You in a wonderful way. Thank you for the work and purpose You’ve called me to in this season. May the name of God be lifted up because my work matters!