Summary: Are you slaving away at the office? Filled with contempt for your boss? Remember who you work for...it isn’t the man...it is Jesus!!!
Working for the Man
Ephesians 6:5 (NLT)
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.
A Common Practice
Widespread throughout the Roman empire
An issue for the church
Christian slave owners
In Like Manner
Service to Jesus
Teaching people how to live with each other
Ephesians 6:6 (NLT)
Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart.
The Issue of Integrity
When the world is watching
When no one is watching
Not because you are watched
Your effort is an act of obedience unto the Lord
Ephesians 6:7 (NLT)
Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
All for Him
Working with enthusiasm
Taking pride in your work
Reflection on you
Reflection on Jesus
Going the extra mile
Attention to detail
Carelessness not allowed
Working for the Lord
You were created for His glory
Your work is a part of His calling
One day you will give an account
Ephesians 6:8 (NLT)
Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
In direct proportion to effort
Regardless of status
Ephesians 6:9 (NLT)
And in the same way, you masters must treat your slaves right. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.
Earthly position is irrelevant
The love of Christ
Level ground at the foot of the cross
Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you
Is Christ Evident in Your Work?
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