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SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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 doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of AUTHORITY/SUBMISSION (6:1-9)…

For those who are under the authority of another, there exists a great opportunity to follow the example of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father during His earthly ministry.

For those who hold authority over subordinates, there exists a great opportunity to reveal Christ, who was exalted as Head above all, to those who are around them. Also, keep in mind that those who are given authority over others remain under the authority of the Lord.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Role Of Children (vs 1-3)
II.        The Role Of Fathers (vs 4)
III.        The Role Of Servants (vs 5 -8)
IV.        The Role Of Masters (vs 9)

 

EXPOSITION:

(Ephesians 6:6-8) 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 doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Paul continues to describe the service that should be given to “masters according to the flesh” (human authority holders, and by implication, service to Christ) in verse 5.

 

Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers;

Principle of Godly Service #5 – Do Not Serve “For Show”

“Eyeservice” describes “laboring for the eyes”. Being a “manpleaser” is being a person who “seeks personal gain by being agreeable with others”

In other words, it is serving out of a heart of pride, only serving so that it will be seen and praised by those around us.   It is not an act of self-sacrifice, but one of selfishness. It is not an act of submission, but an act of manipulation and control.

 

but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 

Principle of Godly Service #6 – Be Motivated By A Desire To Please and Glorify Christ

For the Christian, obedience to a higher human authority is, first and foremost, an act of obedience to Christ. The Christian is to serve others motivated by a desire to please Christ and glorify Him.

 

With good will doing service, 

Principle of Godly Service #7 – Accompanied By Love and Kindness.

“Goodwill” describes a mind that is full of kindness. It is serving wanting to meet the needs of the master out of love and mercy, not obligation and debt. (Although the service may be performed to pay off a debt, it is done wanting to help not simply as an obligation). It is saying “I WANT to meet your needs”, not “I MUST meet your needs”

 

as to the Lord, and not to men:

Principle of Godly Service #8 – Serve Men As If Directly Serving Christ.

When a Christian serves their master, it is to be as if they are personally serving Christ. That means giving 100% effort to solely please their master.   It is giving their absolute best, every time they are called upon to serve.

 

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Principle of Godly Service #9 – Serve Recognizing It Has Eternal Consequences.

When Christians serve their master, in a God pleasing way, they can count on the Lord rewarding them for their faithfulness. The opportunities given to serve are in actuality, opportunities to please the Lord and glorify Him through acts of kindness and submission to human authorities.

 

APPLICATION:

So far in our study we have seen that:

Principle of Godly Service #1 – Be Obedient
Principle of Godly Service #2 – Fear Of the Results Of Disobedience
Principle of Godly Service #3 – Singleness of Desire to Please and Meet Needs of Others
Principle of Godly Service #4 – Recognizing Serving the Master a Type of Service for Christ.
Principle of Godly Service #5 – Do Not Serve “For Show”
Principle of Godly Service #6 – Be Motivated By A Desire To Please and Glorify Christ
Principle of Godly Service #7 – Accompanied By Love and Kindness.
Principle of Godly Service #8 – Serve Men As If Directly Serving Christ.
Principle of Godly Service #9 – Serve Recognizing It Has Eternal Consequences.

are all aspects of Godly servanthood.

 

Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

(Colossians 3:22-24)

 

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!

 

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8 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    Thank you so much Rob

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    I appreciated those 9 ethical principles for us at work

  3. "light and salt" says:

    Rob, I just nominated you for an award. You may or may not accept, but if interested, please see my site and read “Award Time” for details!

    Steve Pejay

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks so much for the kind thoughts. However I do feel uncomfortable accepting any type of award for SIH ministries. It is only through the grace of God that SIH ministries exist and continue to prosper. For those of us who are simply being used of Him, we deserve no awards nor acclaim. I am sure you understand.

      Thank you again for the kind thoughts my brother. May the Lord bless you.

      • "light and salt" says:

        I fully understand and respect that thought, Rob. If it were some sort of “Devine praise,” I myself would not accept. However, it is simply an acknowledgement of appreciation from other Christian writers and ministers.

        In that light, I will accept some awards. However, even then, I try to promote certain Christian blogs in accepting any kind of website awards.

        No problem, Rob, as I said, I understand and respect your position on this topic! God bless and be with you this, and every day…

        Steve

  4. Thanks Rob.
    When I became a Christian 56 years and 4 days ago, I was told that I was ‘SAVED TO SERVE’. I thank God for the older Christians who nurtured me, gave me a love for the Word and taught me. They taught me not to serve because I ‘should’, or to gain favour or for any other reason than for love of the Lord and a desire to follow His will.

    Over the years I have been soooooooo privileged to serve the Lord in many ways and praise Him for the great honour and for the JOY in serving Him.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Very well explained. I believe serving the Lord out of love and desire, not obligation and necessity are marks of spiritual maturity. May the Lord bless all of us and open our understanding of the proper motives of our service to Him. Lord bless you.

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