Pauls tells us “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling…”
Say what? Immediately questions come to our mind. Should we not focus on doing away with slavery? What if I’m asked to do something immoral? What if the boss is a ‘jerk’? What about human rights?
At the core of these questions is a concern. It might go like this, “I can’t entrust my welfare to someone else.” This concern is entirely legitimate based on human experience. We’ve been shown that people will abuse people. People in authority cannot be trusted.
Before we protest further, though. Let’s consider the pattern of our Lord. He obeyed his parents. He submitted to the Law which was held in his day. He eventually obeyed his Father, being obedient to the very point of death (Philippians 2). Even in giving up his life to his tormentors, Jesus did this as an act of worship and obedience to his Father.
Returning now to Ephesians 6, the key word in the passage is “obey”. It does mean what we think it means. In the context the rendering up of obedience is actually God’s will. It is not secondary, it is on point!
In our obedience to earthly masters and employees we properly adorn the doctrine of Christ. Titus describes it that way (Titus 2). When we obey our earthly masters we make Jesus look good. When we make Jesus look good, it actually communicates a message to our generation. God can be trusted.
So, want to preach without words? This is how you do it.
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