MODELING CHRIST TO YOUR EMPLOYER

Urge slaves to obey their masters and to try their best to satisfy them. They must not talk back, nor steal, but must show themselves to be entirely trustworthy. In this way they will make people want to believe in our Savior and God.

TITUS 2:9-10, TLB

Sometimes I hear people say that they don’t see how they can have any significant impact on their workplace because they are low on the totem pole, with little authority to make change. “I’m just a worker,” they say. They fail to realize that the authority to impact any workplace comes from God, not man. And each person can have great authority in God.
 
The apostle Paul instructed Titus about how common workers on the island of Crete could have an impact on their employers. These workers were often no more than slaves, working in deplorable conditions for masters who were likely involved in lawlessness, drunkenness and idolatry. Not the nicest of working conditions! Paul felt that the way to win over these types of employers was to follow several key principles: (1) don’t talk back, (2) don’t steal, and (3) be trustworthy.
 
There is a great example in the Bible of a young girl who worked for an army commander named Naaman. Naaman had leprosy and the godly servant girl from Israel told her employer how he could get healed:
 
Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram…. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy. Now bands from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy” (2 Kings 5:1-3).
 
Naaman followed the advice of the lowly servant girl, and God healed him through Elisha. I can only imagine the conversations between the servant girl and her employers after this healing occurred!
 
How might God want to use you in your employer’s life? Today, be aware of opportunities in which God might want you to be a catalyst for His use.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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