Last Sunday our sermon came from Titus 2:9-10: “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.” The application of this text for us is to be good workers to the glory of God and for the advancement of the gospel. I would like to expand on this a little more in this post.
We ought to view the world that God has us in as a mission field where we engage those who don’t yet submit to Jesus as Lord with the good news of His Kingdom. So, in a very real way we find ourselves in between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of man. In the Old Testament, Israel found themselves in a similar situation when they were in exile, but they found themselves in Babylon where they were under the rule and authority of a wicked king.
Jeremiah writes to God’s people in the midst of their exile and gives them this encouragement in chapter 29:4-7, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” God’s people are told to take up residence in Babylon, to become good citizens, to participate in the activities of the city, and to seek the welfare of the city. They are told to pray to God for the good of the city while they work for the good of the city. God said that when they do this it will be good for them also.
So, if we zoom in on this passage and think about the city that we live and work in, we can apply this passage to our working in the city. When we pray for our boss and for God to bless our places of work, God says it will be good for us also. What if we did pray for those in authority over us, that God would bless them and that God would reveal Himself to them? What would happen? What would happen if we began to pray for the success of whatever business we work in? I believe that God would move first in our hearts and He may bring about the salvation of our employer as well as those who work with us. I believe that we will begin to see God’s Kingdom’s rule and reign expand into our places of work.
Take a very simple first step toward this vision today. Begin praying for your workplace, asking God to bless. Pray for those you work with, that God would draw these men and women to salvation. I believe that the Spirit of God will meet you in those prayers and make clear to you your next steps. Maybe He will lead you to share the gospel with a co-worker. Maybe He will lead you to make some changes in the way you work. Maybe He will lead you to take on more responsibility at work. Commit right now in this moment to pray and follow God in whatever next steps He leads you toward.