Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord
Colossians 3:22 (NLT)
It’s been a while since we abolished slavery in the U.S. so this verse doesn’t really apply to us does it? Uhh, WRONG, it actually does!
We need to look past the face value of the words on the page. Let’s look a little bit deeper, let’s take a look at the greek!
The greek word used here for slave is doulos. It’s the same word translated into bond servant, and it doesn’t truly describe someone who is held against their will as we see slavery. Instead it describes someone who has subjected themselves to the authority of another. Voluntarily. On their own accord. Throughout the New Testament Paul uses this word to describe himself, He is a bondservant of Christ. He has offered himself up for a life of service to his King and Lord…who just happens to be the one true King, Jesus Christ!
We are called, whether we realize it or not, to be disciples of Jesus Christ, to live a life devoted to Him, but we will live a life on this earth, and we will be under the authority of others for our entire existence on this planet. So what does Paul call us to do? He calls us to obey! He calls us to please our masters! He calls us to serve them sincerely! Does he call us to it because it will honor the master? NO, he calls us to live this life serving our earthly masters, because it will honor GOD!
So who are our masters?
It could be a teacher at school, a supervisor at work, or a leader in the ministry. Regardless of who they are, and how they act toward us, we are to obey them and work hard for them at all times. Now, if there were a time where a teacher asks you to do something unethical, or a Boss asks you to compromise your integrity, you have the duty to make a correct decision, remove yourself from the situation and not do that unethical thing. But as far as your master requires work of you that is totally legit…work at it as if you’re working for the Lord!
I know this isn’t easy, I definitely have times where I disagree with my Boss and in those times I have a choice to make, do I honor God and follow what is asked, or do I dishonor God and go against my Boss’s direction. Next time you’re in one of those situations, remember that acting against your earthly “master” is dishonoring to God, so think before you respond and make sure that your response is going to bring glory to the Heavenly Father that you serve!
I love you guys, I hope you have a great day!!