Have you ever asked yourself the question, “How can I be an effective witness for Christ in my workplace?”
In Titus 2:9-10, Paul describes one way to witness to your co-workers and managers, and it is through the excellence of your job performance. Paul’s message is to let your work be your witness and his words are as succinct as they are practical.
Titus 2:9-10: Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
In its historical context, these verses speak of the work that slaves do for their masters. “Slaves” is translated “bondservants” in the NKJV, and “servants” in the KJV. These servants, whether voluntary or involuntary, comprised a large part of the labor force when Paul wrote these verses circa 70 A.D. Some of these servants held high-ranking positions in their masters’ households and many were born-again Christians and local church members.
In today’s culture, the words slave and master can be loosely replaced with employee and employer.
Titus 2:9-10 reveals the following five keys to using your work-life demeanor and individual job performance as part of your Christian witness to others.
Be subject to their masters in everything. Do the job you were hired to do and do it well. Do it willingly even if your boss or circumstances are difficult. Do everything that is required in your job responsibilities but, of course, you do not have to do anything illegal, immoral, or against God’s Word.
Try to please them. Fulfill your job responsibilities while being agreeable, timely, and professional.
Not to talk back to them. This key is speaking against a spirit of rebellion. Do not undermine the work product of your organization—no destructive agendas or malicious talk. Instead, contribute your ideas, add value, and engage in constructive dialog. Cooperate with your supervisors.
And not to steal from them. Treat people fairly and be honest in your dealings with others.
But to show that they can be fully trusted. Be reliable and steadfast. Keep your promises. Do such a good job that your employer will want to give you a key to the building and a promotion.
Titus 2:9-10 is not a man-made list of dos and don’ts. The keys in the passage have a divine purpose which is stated at the end of verse 10: “So that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”
Good and honorable work exalts Christ and his teachings. The way you handle your job responsibilities will make Jesus Christ attractive to those who do not know him.
Your exemplary work ethic is a Christian witness to others.