Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man does, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he is bond or free (Ephesians 6:5-8).
This is an amazing passage. In it Paul speaks to those who have the greatest disadvantage in their daily work – slaves. He covered the most extreme working conditions, so we would know that all work, no matter how difficult and trying, no matter how taxing and weary, can be done “as to the Lord, and not to men” – “whether he is bond or free.”
In fact, all we do is to be done “as to the Lord, and not unto men”
And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him … And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men … (Colossians 3:17, 23).
Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31).
Even the most severe of working conditions (slavery) can be conducted consciously for our Father. Our labors ultimately are to be for Him.
Paul wanted us to know something about our labor; for in the context of daily work he writes,
Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man does, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he is bond or free (Ephesians 6:8).
And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23-24).
Work which is done “as to the Lord” shall be rewarded. How can this not be, for with Him living and working through us, all of our labors are “the work of the Lord.”
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (I Corinthians 15:58).
Our labors can be alive with the very life of God – they can be His livelihood in us.
All of life is about Him! Revel in it!
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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