Spirit-Filled Worker Series – Lesson 6
Christians in the Workplace – Part 2
Ephesians 6:7-9, With good will doing service, as to the LORD, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the LORD, whether he be bond or free. 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.
Paul says that the Christian is to serve their employer as unto Christ, doing service, as to the Lord. The employee is to consider their service as being rendered directly to the Lord. Anyone who takes this passage seriously and demonstrates it will have a good work ethic.
“With good will doing service” (Ephesians 6:7). With good will means being helpful in your service. The believer should be helpful to their supervisor by the way they perform their duties. Service obligations in the secular realm must be done by the believer as the will of God. This service must be done primarily as unto the Lord. This will help the service to be holy, not poor in performance. Christians can glorify Christ by working willingly. Paul encourages a cheerful and glad service. He says the believer should serve with a good attitude, not with a begrudging spirit. He tells them to put their heart and soul into their work because, after all, they are doing God's will.
Christians can glorify Christ by working eagerly. "The same shall he receive of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:8). Paul reminds them that the ultimate reward is coming. No act goes unnoticed. Men may not always give you proper compensation for your work even though you are following the Lord's directions regarding doing the work. But whether man compensates you or not, God will compensate you. Believers will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ and be rewarded based on present faithfulness (Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:6-11; II Corinthians 5:10). Think about how this perspective would change the way one could work.
Employers also have an obligation to see to it that they treat their employees right. They, too, will answer to God for their actions and their respect of persons with him. In His time, God will reward you beyond anything you can imagine. Just remember, Spirit-filled employees respect their supervisors and do great work.
God originally gave these commands to slaves who had no rights, no health insurance, no paid vacations, and no salary. So, think how much more binding they are today for us, who, in comparison, labor in a worker's market. However, maybe you work in a place where your good work and Christian attitudes go unappreciated. If so, you shouldn't get discouraged because of what promise found in Galatians 6:9? God records, remembers, and will reward you for your service for Him. Remember, your labor is not in vain (I Corinthians 15:58).
Prayer: Lord, I want you to be glorified in my life and in this place of business that I may be a living witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Guide me with your wisdom and help me to work through every challenge and conflict. Let me be a beacon for you and a blessing to my coworkers. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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