“Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.” (Titus 2:9–10)
As followers of Christ, our lives are under a microscope. We should do good works in love for one another—not because we need to “earn points” with God or to work our way into heaven (which is impossible)—but because God has called us to reflect the light of the gospel in our lives.
Paul taught this principle within the context of slaves and their masters, a common workplace situation in his day. But his words apply to our lives as well, in the context of employees and employers. The worker is to obey the employer. But when Paul wrote, “in all things,” he assumed that the employer was not asking the employee to do something that contradicts Scripture.
As employees, our conduct before our employers consistently needs to reflect the gospel. Both attitudes and actions matter. No matter what provocation might exist, an employee cannot say one thing to an employer’s face and another thing behind that person's back.
Paul also mentioned stealing. Slaves often used the excuse, “My master owes me this,” in order to justify petty larceny. Sound familiar? Instead, Paul encouraged slaves to “show that they can be fully trusted.” In the same way, as employees, we need to be completely trustworthy. Keep in mind that stealing applies to everything from money to office supplies to time. Statistics show that employees waste an average of twenty percent of every workday surfing the Internet or writing and answering e-mails, outside of the jobs or tasks they are being paid to do.
As we work, we have the opportunity to make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. So, live in such a way that those around you are forced to say, “If Jesus did this for you, He must be wonderful. I’d like to have what you have in my life.” To that end, live out what you believe.
Ask God to help you consistently model Christ, both in your actions and reactions to all those you encounter in your workplace.