You Can Work Well - Day 1
Lord, thank you for this day and the opportunities you will give me to represent you to those with whom I come in contact. May I respond to each person and situation in a manner that is consistent with the calling I have in Christ. Amen.
READ: Titus 2:9-10
“Guide slaves into being loyal workers, a bonus to their masters – no back talk, no petty thievery. Then their good character will shine through their actions adding luster to the teaching of our Savior God.” (The Message)
In his instructions to Titus, Paul had something to say to all the people in the church at Crete – older men and younger men; older women and younger women; and slaves. What is the deal with Paul giving Titus instructions about slaves? And why was he framing those instructions in the context of their behavior reflecting on God? Given the time Titus spent traveling with Paul, he would have been familiar with Paul’s teachings. He may have been one of the “brethren” Paul referred to when he penned the letter to the Galatian church. In his letter Paul called the church to a position of unity noting in Galatians 3:26-28 – “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
There you have it. Regardless of our position – the boss and the lowest employee on the corporate ladder – if you are a child of God, it is your calling to do your best in every situation. We are to live in such a way that our love and devotion to Christ can be seen in our actions, not just heard in our words.
Whether it is salt and light or men and women who work with integrity, God’s intention is that how we live puts who he is in the spotlight in a positive way. We are to be a peculiar people noticeably different than those who are not Christ followers.
Lord Jesus, may I answer your call on my life with integrity and actions that set me apart from the world in which I live and work. May you be glorified by not just my words but with my actions also. Amen.