Let all who are under a yoke as slaves regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.
Teach and urge these things.
(1 Timothy 6:1-2 ESV)
Background: First century slaves very much resembled the indentured servants of the American colonial period and in many cases slaves were better off than day laborers because their food, shelter, and clothing would be provided by their master. It is easy to parallel the master/slave relationship with the employer/employee relationship which is how I am examining it.
If you claim to be a Christian and do not honor your employer what happens?
– people blame God for your bad behavior
– people deny God
– God’s name is dishonored
– God’s Word is reviled
– you lose some/part/all of your testimony or witness
How should you honor your employer?
– faithful to employer as one who has authority over you
– working heartily as unto the Lord (colossians 3:23)
– work not as a people-pleasers or for eye service but from the heart (ephesians 6:6)
– so that God is honored
– so that God is praised
– so that you may have opportunity to share the gospel and have a life that backs it up
– to bless others