Slaves Serve the Savior
Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.
Slavery is and will always be a horrendous evil God hates. That being true, it seems as though the apostle Paul in this passage encouraged the slaves who were in the church at Ephesus to remain slaves and even obey their slave masters. Why would Paul make such a demand?
Slavery during Paul’s day was not the brutal slavery of the American South. In many cases, the slaves of Paul’s day were economic slaves who were indentured for a limited time and received some degree of respect. At the same time, these slaves were receiving Jesus as their Savior and becoming members of the church. Hearing the freedom of salvation, many were running away or rebelling against their masters and causing the church to be fragmented.
So Paul established a new principle without endorsing slavery. It is a principle that is still active today. If you are a slave, be the best slave possible, and do your work with all your heart for the Lord. More than likely, you are not a slave, but the principle is still applicable. When you work, do your work with all your strength, and do your work as an act of obedience for the Lord. Your hard work will be a witness of your commitment to Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Dear Jesus, I choose to be faithful to You even when I face difficult days at work.