Slaves (servants), be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with respect for authority, and with a sincere heart [seeking to please them], as [service] to Christ— not in the way of eye-service [working only when someone is watching you and only] to please men, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart; rendering service with goodwill, as to the Lord, and not as to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, he will receive this back from the Lord, whether [he is] slave or free.
In his letter to the Ephesian church, the Apostle Paul found it needful to address the members of the church that were servants/slaves. In that era slavery was normal. One might become a slave through conquest, the commission of a crime, or poverty. Slaves were required to do their master's bidding and work without any remuneration. Most slaves worked just to avoid punishment from their cruel masters. Despite these harsh working conditions, Ephesians 6: 5 - 8 was God's message to them.
In previous chapters, we learnt how to identify and choose the right job. Now, we would learn how to act in that appointed place. It is quite common to hear people complain about their workplace and its demands or working conditions. However, if we are at the right place, then irrespective of the challenges, we would still prosper if we work the kingdom way.
Now, the scripture admonishes that we work with a sincere heart (i.e. free from pretence or deceit and proceeding from genuine feelings). We must never be part of those that do things with ulterior motives, hoping to manipulate others or get their desires (e.g. a promotion) by false humility or faithfulness. An example of acting with ulterior motives would be helping your boss with non-office related tasks just because you want to buy his favour. The world may see this as being smart. However, in our kingdom, it is against the rule of work.
Neither are we to work with eye-service (i.e. working only when someone is watching us and only) to please men. We know better than that. We have a higher and better purpose for working.
We do not work to please men. We do not work to get the commended.
Child of the King, choose to work with a sincere heart!
Colossians 3: 22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;
Deuteronomy 6: 24 And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always…