by: Allen Domelle
1 Timothy 6:2
“And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.”
One of the common complaints I hear from Christian businessmen is the poor work habits of Christians. Many businessmen have told me that they have no desire in hiring Christians because they are usually their worst employees. This is sad! Christians ought to be the best employees, and every business should want to hire a Christian because they know that their money spent on their wages will be money well spent.
Paul deals with the employees relationship with their employer in the verse above. Apparently, this isn’t just a current problem that we face in our modern era, but this seems to be an age-old problem. Paul told Timothy to teach these principles so that the Christian’s testimony on the job would help further the cause of Christ. There are several principles that are taught in these verses that Christians need to apply in their relationship with their employer.
First, be respectful and honorable towards your employer. Verse 1 says, “Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour…” It is rare to find employees who are honored to work for someone, but God says that the Christian should count it an honor to have their employer. You will notice that God didn’t address how good the employer should be, but He addressed the attitude the Christian should have towards their employer. You are not going to leave a good Christian testimony in your place of employment by bad-mouthing your employer. You should make it clear to those with whom you work that you feel honored to have your employer. This will keep you from those negative conversations that tear down the employer.
Second, don’t expect extra favors from the Christian employer. The verse above says, “And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren…” Just because your employer is a Christian doesn’t mean they should give you privileges that they don’t give others. When you work for a Christian employer, you shouldn’t expect them to treat you differently because you go to church with them or because you know they claim to be a Christian. Stop talking bad about your Christian employer just because they don’t give you extra favors.
Third, don’t let your discovery of their weaknesses cause you to lose respect for them. If you work for a Christian employer, you are going to learn their weaknesses just like they are going to learn yours, but you must not let your discovery lead to negative conversations about them. God says to “do them service.” In other words, you are to serve them more cheerfully. Remember when you discover their weaknesses that they are still sinners who are growing in the LORD.
Finally, consider it a privilege to work for a Christian employer. God says you should consider it a “benefit.” Keeping the right mindset towards the Christian employer will help you to keep a good attitude towards them and help you to have a good testimony with your lost co-workers.