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22 Servants, [doulos] obey [hupakouo] in [kata] all things [pas] your
according [kata] to
the flesh; [sarx] not
[me] with [en]eyeservice, [ophthalmodouleia] as [hos]menpleasers; [anthropareskos] but [alla] in [en] singleness [haplotes] of heart, [kardia] fearing [phobeo] God: [theos]KJV-Interlinear
22 Slaves, in all things obey
those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who
merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. NASB
Slaves, refers to all
laborers in all categories of service to others.Whether voluntary slavery, involuntary
slavery, day labor, or hired short or long term employment arrangements, all
workers are bound by an obligation to a master, an owner, an employer, a senior
supervisor, and so forth.
Everyones primary objective in this life,
is to be obedient to Gods will, to advance in their
spiritual lives to spiritual maturity, regardless of their circumstances, and
simultaneously to work within the system from which they obtain a livelihood.
Workers are not to work
just enough to get by, not to brown nose in order to get brownie points or
perks from their superiors, not to back stab or attempt to undermine the
efforts of someone else, not to just look like they are working, not to simply
fill time, not to take advantage of others to your own benefit, and so forth.
Our real master is the
Lord.Our real master placed us in the
position that we are in.And our real
master expects us to work with effort and honesty, until He sees fit to move us
to something else.
Unlike our earthly
employers, Christ can see everything we do, hear everything we think, knows
every decision, motivation, thought and intent of our soul. And as such, Christ
has possession of all of the facts of our life in order to give us a fair and
honest evaluation. And He knows exactly
how we apply doctrine, if at all, to our daily life.
He knows who are the givers and who are the takers, who are the charitable
and who are the selfish, who puts out an honest effort and who is the slacker.
While your employer can
only fire you for good or even not so good of a reason, while you may or may
not pay for the products, services, and things that you receive or benefit from
in life, your biggest evaluation in life will come when you stand before
Christ, as you certainly will, one day.And
there you may explain your reasons of selfishness, possessiveness, laziness, refusal
to contribute to Gods plan.
Here on earth you may lose
a paycheck or two, or more, but in heaven you may gain or lose an infinite
To cheat or slack-off
in life in order to just get by, or to take because you can, is not worth trading
away an infinite fortune.
To work for Christ, in
whatever it is that you do from day to day, to contribute to His plan, will
gain you blessings both now with your employer or with those with whom you have
dealings, and in eternity with God.
God will make it very
clear within your mind, the things that you should or should not be doing.
Therefore you will never have any excuse for your failures.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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