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As Unto The Lord

Ephesians 6:7

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,

I’ve had a job since I was 12. I have worked delivering papers – I was a certified babysitter – I worked behind a fountain at a Pharmacy as a Soda Jerk – umpired and officiated football – baseball – softball – basketball – field hockey (doing baseball at a Division I level and basketball on the Junior College level). I have worked installing carpet – laying tile – delivery materials – working at Sears and McDonald’s – cutting grass for a church and for individual homes – served as a sexton – sub teaching in High Schools – driving a school bus – coaching High School basketball and softball. I have worked as a starter/greeter at a golf course – as a maintenance person for West River Camp – and more. I have served the church for 42 years as a minister of the Gospel. I’m sure there’s more I have forgotten at the moment. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have 2 or 3 jobs going at the same time.

In addition to all of my secular and ministry jobs I finished High School from Annapolis High School – graduated with an AA degree from Anne Arundel Community College – graduated with a BS degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland – graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew Divinity School. I was ordained a Deacon and an Elder in the United Methodist Church as well.

In all my years of working (this is my 51st year of working) – I wish I could say I kept today’s passage in the forefront of my mind and thinking. When Paul wrote – Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, he was giving Christians good advice. He was urging us to work at all of our jobs as if unto the Lord. If we did this – at all times – we would surely be blessed. Even heathen folks would bless an honest – hardworking employee.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Ephesians 6:5–9 – Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

In our lifetime – my lifetime – I have always seen the servant as an employee and the masters as the employer. If we who work for others would work at our jobs with all our hearts – as unto the Lord and not for the paycheck or the employer – God would bless us.

Unfortunately – some have the mindset that they will do the very least they can do to get by or the lease they can to stay employed. Some feel they are entitled to something rather than doing the very best they can. As we work for our paycheck or for our Lord – we should always do our very best and always do it as unto the Lord.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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