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Ephesians Devotional—Week Six, Day Two (1/5/10)

Ephesians 6:5-9

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. {6} Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. {7} Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, {8} because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. {9} And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

Continuing with the theme of Spirit-filled submission, we will stop here long enough to review previous thoughts:

  • Submission should not be a dirty word, since it flows out of God’s own nature and the interaction within the Godhead. Submission is a reflection of God Himself.
  • Submission is directly connected to the Spirit-filled life. The Spirit-filled life in many ways is characterized and recognized by submission.
  • Submission should be the dominant aspect of our interpersonal relationships … with our wives, husbands, parents, and children.

Christianity is radical, as is today’s passage. The influence of Christianity was a vital factor in the elimination of slavery within the Roman Empire. Note that Paul didn’t argue for abolition of slavery, for there was no political apparatus which would allow him to do so. Rather, Paul appealed to the behavior of Christians. If Christian servants and masters would only obey God’s word, the salt and light of their lives would have its effect on the culture.

This text also has application concerning a Christian’s work ethic. The believer must work as personal servants of Jesus. If all believers worked in this manner, it would likewise change the culture. Employers are also responsible to treat their employees with equity and dignity. In doing so, their witness will have great power as they use their influence for the glory of God.

  1. Consider the phrases sincerity of heart, like slaves of Christ, and doing God’s will from the heart. Do these phrases describe your work life as an employee? Cite areas in which you could improve.
  2. Have you thought about future rewards from the Lord? Find at least one gospel passage that speaks to this issue. How does this help to motivate you?
  3. How does this passage address the so-called division of the secular from the sacred?
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