Ephesians 6:5-8: “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; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”
Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “The Cinderella of the church of today is the prayer meeting. This handmaid of the Lord is unloved and unwooed because she is not dripping with the pearls of intellectualism, nor glamorous with the silks of philosophy; neither is she enchanting with the tiara of psychology.”
In our last homily, we saw three ways in which a Christian employee is to obey his boss: (1) “with fear and trembling” — that is, with honor and respect; (2) “in singleness of heart” — that is, being focused on the tasks one is given; (3) “as unto Christ” — that is, serving this human authority as though you were serving Christ, for you, indeed, are serving Christ.
The next verse tells us that Christian employees should work “not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers.” Many people work well only when they are being watched or when they know someone else will check their work. They do not do good work because it is right to do, but simply because they want the boss or the customer to be pleased with them. It is good for the boss or the customer to be pleased with your work, but you ought to do good work even when no one is watching, when no one is going to check behind you, and when you are not expecting a pat on the back, or a pay raise.
When you work in this manner, you are truly being a “servant of Christ.” This is quite simply because you realize that God Himself is watching you all the time. Instead of being men-pleasers, we ought to be God-pleasers. If you do a good job and your boss does not praise you, you will know that God is pleased because He sees everything you do.
As a servant of Christ in the workplace, it ought not to matter who is over you or how closely they are watching what you do. Why? Because you should be “doing the will of God from the heart.” If it is in your heart to do right and to do a good job for the company you work for and its customers, it will not matter who sees you. You will be doing right because the Christ in you is leading you to do right. Not only in the workplace, but in every aspect of life, our prayer ought to be, ‘Lord, give me a heart like Christ.’