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Titus 2:9

Jun 14, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Titus, Titus (written), Writings  //  4 Comments

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, Titus 2:9

This verse is reflective of the words of Ephesians 6:5 –

“Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;” 

The issue of bondservants is also addressed in Colossians 3:22-25, 1 Timothy 6:1, 2, and elsewhere. Now to Titus, who is on Crete, he repeats instructions for this group with the words, “Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters.” A bondservant is a slave, either voluntarily or involuntarily. His work comes without recompense for his labors. It is a life we no longer have in our world today, and so the closest analogy we can draw is a worker under an employer. The same premise holds true for both. The bonded servant is to be obedient to his master, and the worker is to be faithful to his employer.

Paul then continues with, “to be pleasing in all things.” The labor of the slave, or the work of the employee, is to be cheerfully done, thankfully accomplished, and tirelessly conducted. Jesus, using the same word, doulos, or “bondservant,” said the following –

“And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. 10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’” Luke 17:7-10

Paul is following along in his instructions. The New Testament, contrary to the teaching of many liberal pastors, does not attempt to usurp the governing customs and laws of a given land. Paul does tell bondservants that if they can gain their freedom, that is acceptable (1 Corinthians 7:21), but he never attempts to override the laws of the land in the process. He next continues to explain “to be pleasing in all things” by saying, “not answering back.”

The bondservants (and the employees) are not to set about contradicting their master (or employer), nor are they to be disobedient to them. Instead, they are to accept their instructions, and they are to faithfully carry them out without complaint. This is the standard expected of those who are under the charge of another.

Life application: If you want to get fired, just be belligerent, slothful, or careless in your job. When you are let go, you will normally only have yourself (combined with a refusal to comply with the words of Scripture) to blame. If you want to be considered faithful to the word of God, you will be faithful to the one who has charge over you in your employ.

Glorious God, Provider of all that we have, help us to be thankful for the jobs we possess. It is so easy to complain about where we work and who we work for, but in the world today, nobody is forcing us to remain in our employ. As long as we are there, You would have us act obediently, conduct our duties faithfully, and strive to tirelessly work for those we are under. Give us the desire to fulfill this in our work lives. Amen.

4 Comments

  • The life application speaks for itself here! Unfortunately employee and employer relationships have tanked In to an us against them relationship! I have seen it happen over night. One day your working for a company you love and would be willing to go the extra mile for to keep it successful the next day it’s like jeckel and hide.and they just stabbed us in the back, the whole com radare and respect for fellow employees and the employer totally desolved into a dog eat dog fight for survival, How can that happen ? Money the stock exchange when this company I really loved went on the stock exchange we employees were expendable! Nothing and no one mattered except the share holders bottom line! And it’s only worse today with company’s screening your social profiles during the hiring process looking for any they get they deem to be an inconsistency! In China you can be rejected for a job and now even fired from a job if you have a contact on your social media the Govenment doesn’t approve of! Add to that your family members can be black balled by your social profile too. This is the electronic hell we have built for ourselves that keeps us in an adversarial state with employers and the Govenment! I can’t wait to go home and leave the insanity of satans world behind me forever!?

    Ok then The auto fingers kicked in, the only thing I was going to say was the first sentence.
    And then the flood gates opened. Oh well

    Grace Mercy and Peace on you and yours
    God bless my friend(s)

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Lol I hear you Gordon , as more ppl operate on their feels , the more ppl get put on heels. I seemed to not have issues with any employer I’ve had until they start to violate ethical and moral standards. But business is business they say as they let you go via a clause that says they can fire you without cause , but you know it’s because you won’t lie to customers or fellow employees or violate safety standards and even just cause they don’t like your face . But if that’s the case it’s best to look for a new job. If I could physically go back to work I would be happy shoveling poo , as long as i wasn’t being discriminated against for my Christian views or being mistreated . Sometimes I miss the army , only fair job I ever had , sigh one thing is for sure , things are bad all over , can’t wait for more favorable working conditions ,, soon hopefully , the KING will reign , then we will get a fair shake, until then it’s good to be good , even in all the bad.

  • Amen to that Sean Amen. Soon we will be with a true and just Boss that wants nothing but the best for his employees and we employees will do nothing less than our best for him.

  • I am right there with you. I worked in a great company and it got bought out by the County. Governments can’t run a thing. It was definitely jekly and hyde in no time. I quit to go to college and then get ordained. As long as the Lord provides, I hope to do this. The pay at the Wastewater work is great, but I only want to preach. It is His church. He will direct how long it will remain. His will be done.

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