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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL


OUR THEME FOR 2019

(Part 9)


A HOUSEHOLD IN SERVICE TO CHRIST

October 31, 2018

Today’s reading: Ephesians 6:1-9

Having 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).

Everything 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.

All 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 God.
  • We 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.
  • We 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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