Joyful Servants23rd March 2018
"Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God. Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free." - Ephesians 6:5-8
In the final chapter of Ephesians, Paul concluded his letters by instructing and encouraging us. He first reminded us to obey our parents as the commandments have taught us. Then he instructed both the servants and masters at the time to respect each other. While we may not have the title ‘servant’ or ‘master’ today, Paul’s teaching remains relevant to us.
Even though we don’t have a human master today, we are forever servants of Christ. Being a servant of Christ does not leave us in fear of being punished. It does not leave us feeling exhausted of the works given. Being a servant for Christ means working for God, joyfully. Sometimes it may be hard to put working and doing it joyfully together. We become bounded by the tasks at hand we lose the purpose behind it. This is often evident whether in serving, school, or work.
This is when Paul’s reminder become clear to us that our true Master is Christ. We are to do what God wants us to do. When we lose our sights on the true meaning of our work, which is to serve Christ, we become weary and disheartened in what we do.
So let’s remind ourselves again today that we are really serving God. Let us not forget God is working in us while we are working for Him. Let us encourage one another in times of stress, and pray for God’s strength to be with us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for calling us to be Yours even before we were born. Thank You for the reminder that we are servants of Christ. We pray that as we serve, in this world, You’ll continue to remind us of Your strength and Your power. In whatever we do, we pray to do it joyfully, as we put our focus on You. We love You heaps, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.