Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Good For Business: Devotions From A Time Of Grace”. It is only 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“Bondservants 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.”
Do you like your current boss? Do you respect him or her?
The Christian faith is good for business because it values order and authority. God is a God of order and hates chaos. He has built divine authority into family and government to provide a valuable structure for everyday living that provides safety and security.
He also values order in economic enterprises: “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” (Titus 2:9,10). Slavery in the Americas was brutal and repulsive. Slavery in the Roman world in biblical times was much milder and was practiced everywhere. Many, many early Christians were slaves. This passage does not endorse slavery; it merely recognized an immense reality and gave practical advice on how to navigate a world where people are subject to the will of others.
What Paul wrote about servants back then applies to all employees today. Our Christian faith inspires us as employees to let our bosses dictate our daily agenda. They get to tell us what to do, and we try to please them, show them respect, show them honesty and integrity, and win their trust.
An added bonus from God–not only will those values improve the company, but they also make God look good too.
I find that many times I am simply respecting the bosses position of power and not the actual person. This is all based on their communication skills, decision making, and how they generally handle themselves. Too many bosses where I work do not care about their employees. They say they do and yet their actions speak differently. There are a handful that do actually care, unfortunately they are also the minority. Why is this? I wish I could tell you as I have yet to reach a true position of authority like that. However, the handful of times I have been in charge of people has shown me how easily you can become full of yourself. You have to suppress the urge to just tell people orders and act like you are king of the castle.