Common Sins of Christian Employees

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Slaves

In this passage of Scripture Paul warned these Christian slaves of three common sins they must avoid:

  1. Disobedience (v. 9) - They  were to obey their masters and seek to please them. It is possible to obey, not “from the heart (Ephesians 6:6), but grudgingly.
  2. Talking back (v. 9) - Since  the master often would know less about a particular job than the slave it would be easy for him to argue with his master. This would be a poor testimony for a Christian slave.
  3. Stealing (v.10) - It would be easy for a slave to take little items from his master and then report that they had been broken or lost. This was the sin that Onesimus probably committed against Philemon (Philippines 1:8).

We do not have any slaves in our society today but there are employees. Christian workers must obey orders and not talk back. Also they must not steal from their employers. Millions of dollars are lost each year by employers whose workers steal from them. Then the employee often tries to justify it by saying, “They owe it to me!” or “I’ve earned it.” There is no excuse for stealing and it is just plain sin. Positively, a good reason  we should be trustworthy is to make God’s message attractive and on the negative side we should do it to keep God’s teaching from being slandered.

Application

Which of the three common sins listed above bring guilt to your mind as you think of your past? If  there is anything I have not confessed to the Lord and made right with the person involved I need to do it now.

Titus 2:9-10 (English Standard Version)

Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

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