Today’s Reading | 1 Timothy 5:17-6:2
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?