Carly’s application of 3:13 last time was excellent. Love can be work, but it can also be incredibly fruitful!
“Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.” (3:22-25)
In everything, we’ve gotta keep the opinion of the LORD at the forefront of our minds.
I love that last line. “There is no partiality”. Our lives are full of partiality. Everything can be boiled down to a comparison, it seems. However, in light of the Word of the LORD, its good for me to remember to take responsibility for myself. In my frustration with someone lording something over me, do I turn around and do it to someone else?
That reminds me of the parable in Matthew 18:23-35 where a guy is forgiven an enormous debt to the king and then he goes and chokes out a guy who owes him money. So much of following Jesus circles back to “doing for others what you’d like done for you.” We will all be held accountable for our own actions and it’s not graded on a curve.
I know I’m someone who needs a lot of grace, so that should push me to be gracious. When I work for someone, I do it the way I think would glorify God and guess what? I get promoted a lot. Now, the world isn’t fair, so that’s not always going to be the case, but I think the point is to not get short sighted when it comes to circumstances, and always be short sighted when it comes to watching someone’s work.
The next verse in 4:1 is a warning for masters to remember they have a powerful boss too; and He’s been known to hear the cries of oppressed people. For those of us responsible for other people, this is a great “Fear of the LORD” moment.
What does this look like for you?