Today at church, we were taking a look at Ephesians 6:5-9. That passage deals with servants serving their masters well. During the service, we talked about the context of the passage, slavery at the time the passage was written, and a few other things. Next, we sought to find principles from this passage we can use. Here are three:
- Follow Christ with sincerity of heart (6:5). As you and I seek to follow Christ, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that we are called to be sincere. If you struggle with this, ask the Lord to help you; being insincere can ruin your testimony for Christ. Sincerity should be a natural outgrowth of a person’s relationship with Christ. As we walk with Christ, let’s seek to be sincere and ask for Him to change us to be so.
- God honors our efforts to follow Christ (6:8). Over and over throughout the Bible we see that Christ promises to honor our efforts to follow Him. We don’t serve Christ or pursue Him in order to gain something, but He does honor what we do as we walk with Him. He promises to honor the time we spend with Him, for loving our enemies, for giving, for being faithful, and for many other things. In Eph. 6:8, He says that we will receive back for the good we do. When you and I make the effort to follow Christ, He honors those efforts. He rewards them.
- There is no place for pride in our service to Christ. (6:9). At the close of this passage, we are told that there is no partiality with Christ. The King James version says, “there is no respect of persons with him.” This doesn’t mean that the Lord doesn’t care for us….no, just the opposite. He cares for ALL of us. Each believer is important. Each carries the image of God. Each person who is born again has a message for the world, has a testimony of a miraculous new birth, and has a task to do. It doesn’t matter what position you have in the church, how much you’ve given, how you’re dressed, how eloquently you can speak or how beautifully you can sing, He can and does use us all, if we are willing. We are all important in the work of His kingdom.
Just a few things to talk about tonight from Ephesians 6.