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Personal Life – Workplace (Colossians 3:22-4:1)

July 17, 2010

Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done; and there is no respect of persons. Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Colossians 3:22-4:1

Personal – Workplace

  • This is still in the “conversation” about home life
    • Servants (slaves) would be considered part of a household
      • Housekeepers
      • Teachers
      • Physicians
    • Culture considered slaves to be merely property
  • Slaves get the longest “treatment”

v     Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done; and there is no respect of persons.

  • Complete – all things
    • Not exercising the right of judgment
    • Genuine – singleness of heart
      • Not eyeservice – menpleasers have no interest in the job itself.
      • Not the servant that does a partial job:
        • Dusting behind items
        • Sweeping under items
        • Thorough – whatsoever ye do
          • No escape from hard work, just enablement
        • Spiritual – as to the Lord
        • Encouraging – ye shall receive…
          • Slaves had no hope of an inheritance
          • No escape from difficult situations, just power to endure them
        • Privileged – ye serve the Lord
          • Humblest service is dignified
          • All work is done for God
          • All work is sanctified – there is not anything “special” about “full-time service”
          • Every moral vocation is honorable
        • Righteous – he that doeth wrong…
          • No respect of persons – will not overlook your deeds because your situation was hard
          • Onesimus was unsaved when he “injured” Philemon his master (a member of Colosse).

v     Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

  • Just and equal
    • Instructions about slaves – never a thought about fairness
    • What would be equal?
    • Ye also have a Master
      • God sees how you treat your slaves
      • Slaves know they have an inheritance, masters know they have a master
      • This is God’s business. He put me in charge of it. I am responsible to Him.

Concluding thoughts

  • Homelife is simple – Just a few overruling principles make it run smoothly
  • All the relationships revolve around Christ
    • Vs. 18, 20, 22, 23, 24a, 24b, 1
  • When Christ is preeminent (rather than self), the home is truly Christian and pleasant.
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