Serving Your Masters Well

Ephesians 6:5-8… “Slaves [employees], obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free. And in the same way, you masters must treat your slaves right. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites. A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power” (NLT).

Many Christians work under non-Christian bosses… Some of these bosses are good for your spiritual education… The Jews of Jeremiah’s day were told… Jeremiah 27:17… “Serve the king of Babylon and live” (KJV). God sent Judah there (Jeremiah 29:4-10) and kept them there for seventy years so that “the iniquity of Jacob be purged” (Isaiah 27:9). The kings of Babylon were their temporary masters… Judah was instructed to cooperate with them… Hezekiah was a godly king in Judah… yet he was not able to root out the idolatry out of his people… But King Nebuchadnezzar, pagan as he was, did…

The lesson for Christians is this… your touchy neighbor may do you more good than your godly pastor… Your pagan boss at your place of employment can purge you of your temper and impatience quicker and better that your Bible class teacher… God doesn’t quibble over which instrument that He uses to mold your life… If God used Babylon to purge the Jews, He can use unredeemed pagans to purge you. These pagans are God’s chosen vessels specially chosen to fine-tune your life… So many Christians today bad mouth their unspiritual and worldly-minded bosses… They are part of the environment… Without them we may never become what God intends for us to be… So then, start praising God for your bosses… and stop telling God what instrument He is to use to shape your life…

“Yeah, Pastor… but you don’t know my boss.”

“No, I don’t… but God does.”

Pastor George Belobaba

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