Wednesday – January 27th – Ephesians 6:5-8
6:5 Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;
6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,
8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
Welcome to Wednesday. This is our mid-week check in to see how you are doing on this hump day. What has been the best part of your week? What do you still hope to accomplish before the weekend? If you would like to respond with an answer that is great – however the point of the questions is to spur you to take a moment to take inventory of your activities and goals.
In our pick verses for today Paul transitions from instructions on parent/child relationship to now focus on relationship between what was in that day people under service to others. To fully understand the deeper teachings of Paul’s words, it requires us to make allowances for cultural and societal differences in the first century. Today a more modern application would be to elevate this to the interaction between employer and employee. What Paul said to the slaves of his day applies equally to Christians working for another person today. As followers of Jesus, no matter our type of work, we do not work just to please our employers. We work as one connected first to Jesus as His “bondservant”. Jesus sees all and will reward both employees and employers according to whatever good they do. The word of God raises all work to a level embedded in Christian responsibility. How might your work attitude today point to your relationship with Jesus?
Thursday – January 28th – Ephesians 6:9
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