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 men pleasers; 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.
R.C.H. Lenski said, “Whether we are observed, praised, rewarded by them or not, our supreme satisfaction is that all our labor is done for the Lord, our praise and our reward cannot be taken from us.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer.”
In verse 7 of this passage, Paul reiterates the command for Christian workers to fulfill their duties as though they were working for the Lord. In the previous verse, he said that doing this is God’s will. Now, he says they should do this with “good will.” The words “good will” mean benevolence or kindness.
A Christian worker ought to be benevolent and kind in the fulfillment of his duties. This has to do with their attitude, not only toward their boss, but to their fellow employees. It has to do with the kind of spirit with which a person works. Someone might be a good worker who does not need supervision, but if he is mean and hateful toward everyone around him, no one will want to work with him. You ought to be sure that you are working with a spirit of good will toward others in your environment and toward the tasks you are given to accomplish.
One commentator stated that good will also could be defined as enthusiasm and eagerness. You should not treat any work as a drudgery whether it is work done for others or done for yourself.
Again, this spirit of good will should be shown “as to the Lord, and not to men.” Men cannot see your heart, but God can. Others may not be able to identify or detect a negative spirit, but God knows what is going on in our hearts. That is why it is crucially important that you labor, not for man, but for God.