Examining Ephesians-Part 50-Spiritual Indicators (Employment Relations)

Imagine a workplace with Spirit-filled bosses, (maybe even owners), and workers! How would that work out in practise? Paul's inspired directions for Spirit-filled servants and masters in the Church at Ephesus would apply to today's workplaces. In Ephesians 6:5-8, Paul shares God's commands for servants. Verse 5 says, "Servants (employees), be obedient to them that are your masters (bosses) according to the flesh…"  Do this for your supreme Master, Who is Jesus! Do it "…with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as unto Christ…" Render respect, obey orders, give an honest day's work, and keep your mind on what you are doing. Do it as you would to Christ, if He were with you, physically, at your workplace, as your Boss. Verse 6 continues: "…not with eye-sevice, as men-pleasers…"  Most employers keep an eye out to see that their workers are not shirking their duties. Don't work only when you are being watched. (We are being watched, all the time, by our Heavenly Master). This is the will of God, which we are to do "…from the heart…"  Coming to Verse 7, Paul deals with attitude. "…with good will doing service as to the Lord, and not to men…" If your job is appropriate for a Christian, you are there on a mission for God. Don't grumble, complain, or be resentful. God notices when you have a good attitude and He will reward you. Verse 8 states "…Knowing that whatever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free." Selah! Picture yourself, and any other believers where you work, doing their work in this Spirit-filled way. What kind of an effect do you think that might have in your workplace?     Ron   (Note: We hope to consider employers tomorrow, God willing.)

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