Theme: Wilful Idleness And Willing Workers
Text: “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.” – Ephesians 6:5-7.
Comment: Pretence and eye-service have become common-place in the world today, whether in God’s service or at the workplace. It is a truism that some worshipers of God only do the right things when someone they know especially a Minister of the gospel or elder is nearby. Similarly, some workers do pretend to be studious at work when their boss is around, but laze around doing little or nothing when the supervisor is out of sight. This is very wrong according to the Scriptures. Children of God must realize that our Heavenly Father sees all we do from his heavenly throne and will reward each one accordingly. Addressing the Christians at Philippi, St Paul admonished, “Wherefore my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” – Philippians 2:12.
Therefore, worshippers of God and employees (servants) are expected to always be obedient to their masters, perform their duty with integrity, diligence, and be loyal at all times, more so in the absence of supervision. Scripture says, “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God.” – Colossians 3:22. See also Titus 2:9.
Thanksgiving is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the expression of thanks or gratitude to God with or without the accompaniment of gifts; or a public celebration marked with religious services, held as an expression of gratitude to God. It is one’s natural response to the blessings, protection or love he or she receives from God Almighty. – Psalm 40:5; 92:1-4
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