Ephesians 6:5 — Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ (NIV).
Imagine you’re at home, and there’s a knock at the door. You walk over and open it to greet your guest, and there stands Jesus Christ in the flesh. You reverently bow before Him and begin to worship with fear and trembling. After a few moments, He looks at you and says, “I need you to do something for Me.”
How would you respond? You would probably drop whatever it was you were doing, no matter how important, and begin serving Jesus immediately. You likely wouldn’t say, “Oh, not right now. I don’t really see the point, Jesus. Why are You asking me? Don’t You have someone else who can take care of that for You?”
Most God-fearing people would try to fulfill Jesus’ every wish because they have great respect for Him. They’d even be willing to do things that are less desirable and don’t benefit them personally. If this is how you would serve Christ, you should serve those you are subject to in the same way.
Paul wrote servants are to obey their earthly masters with respect, fear, and sincerity of heart. God expects us to serve those who are in authority over us just as we would serve Him. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (NIV).
Unfortunately, those who follow this command are few in number. You should be giving your employer, pastor, parents, and government honor, not a hard time. Unless you’re asked to do something illegal or unbiblical, your heart’s delight should be to get it done. Be quick to accomplish even the mundane and menial. You may need to ask the Holy Spirit to help you. I pray your attitude becomes the same as that of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:7 — When the time came, He set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave (MSG).
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