Message of the Day: To Be A Christian Employee is to Be Cooperative, Obedient, and Honest
“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, NKJV)
Slavery was a basic element of Roman society, and the impact of Christianity upon slaves was a vital concern. Guidance for the conduct of Christian slaves was essential. Masters have absolute authority over their slaves. Roam slavs had no legal rights, their fates being entirely in their masters’ hands. Christian slaves could give a unique and powerful testimony to the gospel by their willing faithfulness and obedience to heir masters.
Slaves, of whom there were many in the early church, are exhorted to be so obedient, diligent, and faithful that their lives would support their profession of faith (2:10), and their heathen masters will be constrained to think, if that is what the Christian religion does for slaves, there must be something to it.
Slaves also can demonstrate the value of the Christian teaching by being obedient, cooperative and honest at all times, no matter how their masters treat them.
Slavery was abolished in the 19 century (US campaign to end it started in 1830-1870, Great Britain in the 1830’s). Most of the societies today, if not all, do not practice slavery but we can still practice the ethical lessons we glean from this text. We can demonstrate the value of Christianity by being obedient, cooperative and honest to our bosses, supervisors or managers at all times.
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