Doing the Workplace God’s Way, Part 5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #51)

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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.

Ephesians 6:5-8:

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.

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W.A. Elwell said, “It is not a sign of weakness to enjoy rewards for work well done, so long as we keep in mind that our work never places God (or Christ) in our debt; his rewards are given freely out of the joy it brings him to give them.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “You can have all of your doctrines right — yet still not have the presence of God.”

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After Paul’s emphasis on employees working for the authority over them as though they were working for Jesus Christ, one might object, saying, ‘Well, it’s the human boss who gives me my paycheck. What he says and what he thinks is most important.’ Paul has an answer for this notion. He says the Christian employee knows that ‘whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.’

This is a principle that goes for those who are employed by others or employed for themselves. God sees all good work — no matter who it is done for — and He will reward it. If you do good work for your employer, God will ensure that good comes your way as well. Rest assured, God’s rewards are far more important than your employer’s. Your paycheck is nothing without the blessings that God can bestow upon you.

Any time you feel like slacking up on your work because you are not getting paid enough, remember God will make up the difference. If you are constantly covering for another employee, your boss might not notice, but God does. If you go the extra mile for a customer, God sees and He will reward you. Don’t grow weary in well-doing. Keep on doing good and God will reward you.

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