“Exhort bond-servants 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 Saviour in all things.” – Titus 2:9-10
In today’s society, it is important to understand that this passage is giving us instructions as employers and employees. And simply stated, as an employee, we are to be obedient to our bosses.
- One of the ways we do that is by not answering back. It might be hard at times to hold our tongue, but we must. It’s therefore not okay when we meet up with our other colleagues and say such things like, “This idiot that we work for doesn’t have a clue what’s going on here.” This unacceptable because it is much the same as answering back.
- When it comes to “pilfering”, it is the same as stealing items of small value. You and I are aware of people in our work places who steal things (perhaps we ourselves are like that). They work for government, they don’t like their job and go home with something they had stolen from their office.
I know someone like that who nearly every day would rip off some small office supply like a stapler, or pens, or a file. While these things are of small value, this person would just keep stealing things.
The Bible says we shouldn’t do that. And we shouldn’t steal time from our employer either by making personal phone calls during office hours. Our employer is not paying us to take care of your business at the office. That is stealing.
I believe that, as Christians, we ought to be the best employees in the world. We should work so hard and bring such a good attitude into the workplace that we set the example to everyone with whom we work.
Source: Culled from SALM’s article in the Chronicle newspaper.