“Bondservants, obey your earthly masters…not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord.” Ephesians 6:5-8
It can be tempting to compartmentalize our lives and limit the Lordship of Jesus. This mindset says, “I live for Jesus on Sunday mornings, but after that, I do things my way. I have my marriage, my family, my work, my recreational activities, and a little bit of Jesus on the side.” Restricting the influence of Jesus like this is a denial of his absolute authority over the world and over our lives. The declaration of the Gospel, however, is that Jesus is Lord over All–no exceptions.
Thus, when the Apostle instructs Christians on their work-life, he instructs us to fulfill our work obligations, submitting to our employers, “as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God.” The action we carry out in doing our work is ultimately an expression of our obedience and submission to the Lord. We do our work “not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers.” In other words, we don’t do our work for the praise of man. Instead, we live out our work-lives (just like every other area of life) before God.
Father, thank You for the privilege and purpose of my work. Help me to have joy and pleasure in the tasks You’ve given to me and help me by Your Spirit to honor my employers and work for Your glory. Amen.