If we’re honest, we all could admit to skimming over or skipping all together some passages found in the Bible. That long lists of genealogies: “So and so begat so and so….”, maybe it’s a passage we’ve read “a million times”, or maybe it’s a scripture that you don’t feel really applies to your life or even to our culture.
One of those passages that gets skipped over many times is found in the book of Ephesians. The Apostle Paul is addressing family relationships and decides to deal with the relationships between masters and slaves. Slavery was a cultural norm in the first century and Paul writes to give some spiritual insight in to how being a follower of Jesus should apply. While we’re grateful to God that slavery is no longer our culture norm, there are some truths here that transcend all time for each of us who does work for others. Take a look:
Ephesians 6:5–8 (ESV)
5 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.
1. Obey those that are in leadership over you as you would Jesus. < Notice the period. (vs. 5) The only exception would be if they instruct you to do something unbiblical.
2. Don’t just do a good job when people are watching or just to please people. Do your work from the heart! (vs. 6) People might not be able to tell the difference, but God can.
3. Do everything as if you were doing it for God himself. (vs. 7) God cares about how we do the mundane and the important. Shine with excellence in everything you do.
4. God will reward our faithful service to others. (vs. 8) You might not be rewarded or recognized for your work here on earth, but God has your eternal retirement plan covered.
Now…..Go Get To It.