8th, December 2016
Ephesians 6: 5 - 8 (AMP)
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 exhortation to the slaves/servants in the Ephesian church, Paul exhorted them to work with sincerity of heart and without eye-service. He charged them to not let their unfavourable working condition make them work contrary to the rule of work of the New Creature. Though their masters may be cruel to them, they were to do all actions with sincerity of heart (taking no actions out of ulterior motives or intent to deceive) and must do their work whether they are being supervised closely or not. However, this wasn’t the end of his charge to them. The heart of his charge was that they work with the understanding that they are working for the Father and not their earthly masters.
It is important that we understand this truth. The individual that sees a man as his boss would expect to receive some commendation from that man. They would see such men as the path to their promotion or success. They would be concerned about the actions and/or inactions of such ‘assumed’ bosses. Little wonder several people are frustrated at work. They are expecting from men what only the Father can give and as such are reaping the calamity associated with their choice; even as the scriptures had stated many years ago, thus says the Lord: Cursed [with great evil] is the strong man who trusts in and relies on frail man, making weak [human] flesh his arm, and whose mind and heart turn aside from the Lord (Jeremiah 17: 5 AMPC).
We must work with the understanding that the Father (not men) is our boss and that we are working directly for Him (whether we are barbers, teachers, or pastors). This means that at the end of every task we must ask ourselves ‘is this job up to the Father’s accepted standard of perfection?’. Would the Father, who gives resources to people based on their capacity, testify that we have produced a work that is at the expected standard of our present capacity? Would the Father, who sees and knows the heart of all, testify that we work cheerfully; for God loves a cheerful giver (worker) (2 Corinthians 9: 7).
In addition, since we know that the Father is our boss and the decider of our recompense and increase, we can be more than sure that following His instructions and operating by the rule of work of the Kingdom would not in any way put us at a disadvantage (even if it seems so at the surface).
Father, thank you for the privilege to work with you and for you; for the manifestation of your glory and love on the earth. I acknowledge that you are my direct boss and I choose this day to work with your standards at heart. I choose to give my best and my all for every task you give to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Colossians 3: 22 – 24 - Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3: 17 - Everything you say and everything you do should be done for Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus. (ERV).
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68