Everything we do should be done as if we were doing it for the Lord. Would that change the way you serve?
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
Regardless of who we are serving or what we are doing, we should serve wholeheartedly. There are authority structures in place where we have to submit and serve others. Paul is not condoning the system of slavery in this passage, but rather speaking to the need for believers to submit to authority structures. We all have to submit to someone, whether it be a parent, a spouse, a boss, etc. and when we do we are to serve with the right attitude.
It is hard for us to serve with a positive attitude when we don’t like the person we are serving or if we don’t like what we being asked to do. However, how we serve makes a difference to the Lord. As believers we are called to a high standard of attitude and action. We are to do everything as if we were doing it for the Lord. We don’t have to do it in our own strength, we can do it through the empowerment and guidance of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.
Think back over your week, what did your service look like? Did you serve with the right attitude? Were your actions and efforts in line with someone who is serving wholeheartedly? Would you have made adjustments to your attitude, words, actions or effort if, instead of serving people, you realized you were serving Christ?
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com