Not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Though the context of this verse is the apostle Paul giving instruction to Christians who found themselves in the unfortunate circumstances of Roman slavery, the principles Paul teaches apply to modern-day employees.
Stealing from one’s place of work can be a temptation for employees. In recent times, “time theft” has become a major problem in the workplace. This is when employees accept “pay from their employer for work that they have not actually done” (http://timewellscheduled.com/time-theft/). Examples of “time theft” can be wasting time on personal interests and pursuits on the Internet (perhaps watching YouTube videos or browsing Facebook), spending excessive time on personal business (perhaps making nonwork-related phone calls) or taking unnecessarily long breaks.
Christians are not to “pilfer”—but are to live a life characterized by “fidelity” (honesty). Though “time theft” can seem like a minor issue, Jesus Christ taught that His followers are to show integrity and character in the little things—as well as the big things (Luke 16:10; 19:17).
To learn more about what God says on the subject of stealing, read “Eighth Commandment: You Shall Not Steal.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Beware of Deception.”