A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
Warren Wiersbe said, “The best way to be a witness for Christ on the job is to do a good day’s work.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “There is a world of difference between knowing the Word of God and knowing the God of the Word.”
Christian employees are commanded to “obey”. But how are they to obey?
First, they are to obey “with fear and trembling.” These words imply that you ought to do your work while showing respect and honor to the one who is in authority over you. You do not have to be a sycophant, groveler or a lying yes man. But you ought to willingly show respect and deference for the one who has authority over you in the workplace. This includes not talking about your boss behind their backs; if you have an issue with them, take it up with them directly in a respectful and humble tone.
Second, you ought to work “in singleness of heart.” A person who has singleness of heart has singleness of focus. He has one intent in all that he is doing. He devotes all of his energy to the task that has been set before him. He is not trying to get something out of it for himself or slacking off whenever he feels like it. You ought to be just as determined to complete the work for someone else as you would be if you were doing something you want to do.
Third, you ought to work “as unto Christ.” As a Christian, every good thing you do ought to be done as though you were serving the Lord. If for some reason you dislike your boss, that is no excuse to do a poor job. Instead, remind yourself that you are actually working for the Lord and strive to please Him in all that you do.