Feb. 5, 2022
I have to admit I’m chuckling to myself – I’m not going to tackle verses 18 and 19. That can be a fairly hilarious, but sometime fraught, topic. Instead, let’s look at “22Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:” and “23And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;“. Those are excellent words to follow in anything and everything we do. I have two loads of laundry that need to be done; rather than just stuffing the machine, I can opt to take the time to sort by color or whatever else needs to be washed separately. If I do my laundry to the glory of God, I’ll take the time to sort it and be particular in how I fold it when it’s dried. Because can you imagine doing God’s laundry? You wouldn’t just toss it in and walk away – you’d make sure it was the best laundry job you ever did.
I always got to work early so I had years to watch my co-workers come into work. You can tell just by the way they walked what kind of a day it was going to be for them. They’re going to do their eight but they were not going to be happy about it and they are not going to give it any more than the most cursory attention. But you better believe they expected a full day’s pay for a quarter of the quality the employer expected. If they knew that God was watching, that they were working for His glory, would they have had the same attitude. I have a very strong suspicion they would not.
No job is menial, no job is meaningless, no job is beneath us if we perform our duties as if we were doing them for God. Because we are. And because He’s watching. And because we want to honor Him in all things.