1 Timothy 5:17-6:2
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.
Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.
Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
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.
Working for Believers
How do you respond to those in authority over you? What if that person is harsh or cruel? What if he makes a decision which is unfair? What if he is a Christian? Paul tells us how we ought to answer those questions at the end of this passage. He instructed Timothy to teach his flock that they should treat their masters as people who are worthy of full respect. The reason? – So that God’s name and the message of the gospel would not be slandered. Those watching their lives would notice the difference and would form opinions about Christ based on believer’s actions. He also explained that those who have fellow believers as masters are not to treat them with less respect. It appeared that the Ephesians felt that if their masters were believers, they did not have to give them the same respect as they would if they were unbelievers. Paul corrected that thinking here. He wanted the believing masters to be treated better than unsaved masters. How do you respond to those who have authority over you who are saved? Does your behavior and testimony encourage them, or do you take advantage of them because they are saved? Look at your life and evaluate it.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?