Doing the Workplace God’s Way, Part 6 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #52)


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 6:9:

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.


Diane Paddison said, “No matter what your team looks like, there’s nothing more important than to know your employees. It’s critical to understand their strengths, weaknesses, and motivators, as well as their work and communication styles. This knowledge will help you to motivate, encourage, and correct course more effectively, and it will make your employees feel known, respected, and engaged in their work.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If Jesus preached the same message ministers preach today, He would have never been crucified.”


In this verse, Paul turns his attention to the “masters”, the employers, the bosses, or the managers. Just as God has expectations of Christian employees, He has expectations of those employers who claim to be Christians.

First, they are to “do the same things unto” their workers. Some of the same things God commanded of employees are commanded of employers — specifically treating them with good will and doing unto them as one would do unto Christ. Employees are in a position of servanthood in the workplace, and God has a special concern for how those who are not in authority are treated. He looks out for people who are taken advantage of and mistreated by those who have power over them.

Second, employers are told to “forbear [or refrain from] threatening.” In the Roman world, a master could kill a slave who was persistently disobedient and unproductive. While this rarely happened because slaves were so expensive, it is likely that there was a great deal of threatening going on. Masters would have used the threat of death and other adverse circumstances to motivate their slaves. But God does not want Christian employers to act in such a way.

The main encouragement for employers to follow these teachings is simply because they have a “Master also in Heaven.” Every earthly authority, employers included, are under the heavenly authority of Jesus Christ. As a Christian employer, it might be your business, but Jesus is the one who is over you. You must answer to Him for your behavior.

Jesus is, of course, not a respecter of persons. He does not care how rich and powerful you might be. In His eyes, you are no more important than the people you hire. All are on level ground before Him. Everything you do, every decision you make, you ought to consider if it will be pleasing to Jesus because, one day, you will have to give an account of your actions to Him.

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