Who Are You Working For?

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Do you have a job? Ever work for someone else? If so, the next section of "sound doctrine" from Titus 2 applies to you. As he moves through demographic after demographic teaching what their God-given responsibilities are concerning their walk with the Lord, he hits on one that encapsulates many of the previously listed. Though writing specifically about those who were "slaves," the application of the work ethic and morality fits all who work. So in Titus 2:9-10, he makes 5 points concerning working for someone else...

First, they must be SUBJECT IN EVERYTHING. They must strive to fulfill the wishes of their masters. They could not disobey just because they were now Christians (I Tim. 6:1-4). "In everything" leaves no wiggle room. They must obey all they are told.

Second, they must be WELL-PLEASING. Not only must they complete their tasks and assignments, they must go "above and beyond the call of duty" to do so. They must make sure that their work is in such a way that the master will be happy with their work.

Third, they must be NOT ARGUMENTATIVE. He or she is not to talk back, argue with, nor be contrary to the wants, wishes and demands of the employer. The picture painted is one of a worker who is willing to submit, and is not trying to undermine the boss.

Fourth, they must be NOT PILFERING. "Pilfering" is skimming the profits or the produce of the work. In other words, they were not to be taking a little off the top for themselves. They were not to try to justify stealing from the one who is employing them.

Fifth, they must be SHOWING ALL GOOD FAITH. The opposite of one who pilfers would be one who is trustworthy in every aspect. This Christian servant is one whose master has no worries about his honesty in all his work. 

Paul concludes by saying that the servant is to be "Adorning the doctrine of God." What a beautiful phrase! Does the doctrine of God look good on you? Or, by your actions in front of others, do you make it look bad? The slave/servant/employee can make that adorning of the doctrine look good when we remember that we are not working just for our boss, but we are working for the Lord!