THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2019
A HOUSEHOLD IN SERVICE TO CHRIST
reading: Ephesians 6:1-9
a family in Christ involves the whole family. It starts with
the husband and wife. Then the children are also involved.
Children are to honor and obey their parents (v.1-2). Parents,
with the father taking the lead, educate and train their children
in the Lord (v.4). Part of this is discipline, but done in
a loving way, so as not to provoke children to anger (v.4a).
and all relationships in the family are done with a focus
on Christ. Children obey “in the Lord.” They honor
the 4th commandment. This assures them a good future, “that
it may go well with you and that you may have a long life
on earth.” (v.3). Blessings come from the Lord. Parents
in turn raise their children also in the Lord. Their children
are after all God’s children, entrusted to them. Thus
they need to be raised not according to their human wisdom,
but according to the ways of God.
the above enables the family to serve the Lord. Indeed we
are all “slaves of Christ” (v.6b). As such, what
ought to be our posture?
We do “the will of God from the heart” (v.6c).
It is a great privilege to serve the Lord. We must be profoundly
grateful for the opportunities given us. We serve with no
ulterior motives, but only the desire to obey and please
serve “the Lord and not human beings.” (v.7).
When we serve others, we are serving the Lord. Our focus
should always be on God. People might not appreciate what
we do for them, but we keep on nonetheless. People might
disappoint us, but God never will.
know our reward comes from God, as “each will be requited
from the Lord for whatever good he does” (v.8a). We
serve out of love for God, but also knowing that He will
never be outdone in generosity. We will have our reward,
if not here in this life, then in heaven. We simply keep
on doing good, whatever the circumstances.
We know that we “have a Master in heaven and that
with him there is no partiality.” (v.9b). Jesus has
shown us the way. Now he calls all of us to follow in his
footsteps. He came to serve and not to be served.
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