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02/01/15 Do Service As To The Lord!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, February 2, 2015 Under: Sermon

Worthy Walk Series – Ephesians 6:5-9

Intro: last week the worthy walk series took us into some uncomfortable waters, submission, loving your wife and avoiding the provoking of your children. This week is all about doing service as to the Lord: Imagine what the world would be like if everyone turned to the Lord, think about the economic relationships, world hunger, respect for all of mankind, yes it is starting to sound like a song: red and yellow black and white they our precious in His sight Jesus loves the little children of the world! But what if! What if the person who says there a Christian, does everything as unto the Lord? Every moment there on the job there doing the work, performing the task that God gave them to do. There not waiting for another break, a chance to complain to a co-worker about the terrible job conditions. I mean what if they “DO SERVICE AS TO THE LORD!”

Text: Ephesians 6:5-9

“Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. 9 And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.”

Because the command of mutual submission is possible only to the Spirit–filled believer, Paul is addressing Christian slaves, just as he later addresses Christian masters. He calls them to have the right behavior, the right perspective, the right attitude, and the fight commitment that reflect their right relationship to God and respect through Jesus Christ.

To do service as to the Lord you must have the:

1. The Right Behavior:

Slaves are commanded to be obedient to those who are [their] masters, uninterrupted obedience. They are to obey in everything and at all times, the only exception being when they are instructed to do something immoral, idolatrous, blasphemous, or the like. “Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. 19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.” 1 Peter 2:18-20

If a Christian finds an employment situation to be intolerable, they should quit and look for something else. But as long as they are employed they should do the work to the best of their ability. When a believer sits beside his boss in a worship service or works beside him in Christian service, he does so as a completely equal brother in Christ. But on the job he is to submit to the authority of his boss, because that witnesses his submission to the higher authority of God’s Word.

So whether his boss is kind or cruel, believing or pagan, a Christian is obedient to him because that is God’s will. “bond-slaves,” Paul said to Titus: “Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not pilfering (robbing), but showing all good fidelity (trustworthiness), that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.” Titus 2:9-10

How a believer works in his job reflects on His Lord, regardless of who his human master or employer may be.

To do service as to the Lord you must have the:

2. The Right Perspective:

A Christian worker’s submission to his employer is done under the employer’s authority “according to the flesh.” The intent of that prepositional phrase is to emphasize that, while the authority–submission relationship is important and is to be respected, it is only temporal. It lasts only in this life and does not apply to moral and spiritual concerns at any time or under any circumstances.

To do service as to the Lord you must have the:

3. The Right Attitude:

The believer’s attitude in obeying his employer is to be one of “fear and trembling.” The idea is not that of cowering fright but of the honor and respect that make a person anxious to please. If he cannot honor and respect his employer for the employer’s own sake, he respects him for the Lord’s sake as one under whom he is to submit. Although men terribly abuse it, the principle of authority and submission is God–given and is always to be honored. God has allowed bosses to be where they are and subordinates to be where they are, and the faithful believer willingly and graciously submits to those under whose authority God has placed him.

The place where a believer works is part of his field of service for the Lord, and it is often a mission field. When he does his work carefully and respectfully it is a testimony to unbelievers, an encouragement to believers, and an act of service to God.

To do service as to the Lord you must have the:

4. The Right Commitment:

The fourth qualification for proper submission to masters, or employers, is that of “sincerity of heart.” It is not hypocritical and superficial but genuine and thorough. “Indeed, you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more. 11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 12 Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.” 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 (NLT)

The idea is to do well the work we are assigned to do, without complaining, bragging, criticizing the work of others, or in any other way being disruptive.

To do service as to the Lord you must have the:

5. The Right Motive:

A Christian’s primary concern about their job should be simply to do it well to the glory of God, “as to Christ.” Being filled with the Spirit brings practical results, including those of being a reliable, productive, and cooperative worker. And whenever a Christian is submissive to the Holy Spirit their accomplishments are as to Christ, because Christ is both the origin and the goal of his obedience. He does everything out of love for Christ, by the power of Christ, and to the glory of Christ. “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do,” Paul says, “do all to the glory of God”.

To do service as to the Lord you must have the:

6. The Right Diligence:

“Eyeservice” means working when the master is watching and loafing when he is gone; but if we serve Christ on the job, we are aware that He is always watching us! When Spirit–filled Christians are sincerely obedient to their employers as to Christ, they will not work by way of eyeservice, as men–pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. When a Christian is where God wants him to be and is obedient to render service, as to the Lord, that is the most challenging, productive, and rewarding place to be. Every day should be a day of service to the Lord.

The story is told of an elderly missionary couple who were returning home on a ship after many years of sacrificial service in Africa. On the same ship was Theodore Roosevelt, who had just completed a highly successful big game hunt. As the ship docked in New York harbor, thousands of well–wishers and dozens of reporters lined the pier to welcome Roosevelt home. But not a single person was there to welcome the missionaries. As the couple rode to a hotel in a taxi, the man complained to his wife, “It just doesn’t seem right. We give forty years of our lives to Jesus Christ to win souls in Africa, and nobody knows or cares when we return. Yet the president goes over there for a few weeks to kill some animals and the whole world takes notice.” But as they prayed together that night before retiring, the Lord seemed to say to them, “Do you know why you haven’t received your reward yet, My children? It is because you are not home yet.”

To do service as to the Lord you must have the:

7. The Right Respect:

“And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.”

“His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” Matthew 25:23

The manager is to do the very same things that are required of the workman. Treat the workman just like he expects the workman to treat him. (What a difference this would make in labor-manager relations if it were really practiced by both parties!) The manager or employer must realize that they live and work to serve both the Lord and the employees with fear and trembling that is, managing with respect and eager concern, to serve in singleness of heart managing as to Christ. “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.” Colossians 4:1 (KJV)

Conclusion: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

If you do service as to the Lord, and are walking the worthy walk you will have the right behavior, the right perspective, the right attitude, and the fight commitment that reflects the right relationship to God and respect through Jesus Christ.

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