1. Every day is working for God. Ephesians 6:5 “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” •Sometimes we feel like slaves to our jobs. •Sometimes we feel like our work values us the same as a slave. •Sometimes we feel like our life’s work is to make someone else rich. •What does God think about this? You should SERVE THEM AS YOU ARE SERVING JESUS.
•Obey with respect •Obey with fear •Obey with sincerity
2. Obey even when the boss is not looking. Ephesians 6:6 “Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.” Let us remember back to a lesson that we may have listened to when we were kids going to Sunday School. The story of Daniel. Daniel was kidnapped. Placed in a totally pagan environment. Lived in a very competitive atmosphere. He was trained for three years and it was very competitive on who would be the best (see Daniel 1). Death was to come on those who could not do the work the King was asking (Daniel 2: 13-15). Demanded to conform to the worship and culture of Babylon (Daniel 3). People conspiring against you to prevent you from getting promoted (Daniel 6). Daniel’s competitors made a rule so that Daniel would be fired. So Daniel gets thrown into the pit of lions! But the Lord closed the mouths of the lions (Daniel 6:20). Now the king comes to ask “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lion?” Daniel was in as pagan an atmosphere as any of us could be thrust into. So “WHAT WAS DANIEL KNOWN FOR?” Serving God continually!
•Key Phrase – DO IT WITH YOUR HEART. IT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR YOU TO SERVE YOUR BOSS WITH A GOOD HEART ALL THE TIME.
3. The Lord rewards. See Ephesians 6:8, “Because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.” and, 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
The Greek word used for the judgment seat is called “Bema” seat. There were two uses for the bema. One was the raised platform that a judge would sit on to make his decision for a case. The second would be in the athletic competitions, it’s the place the umpire would sit during the Olympic games of the Isthmian games. This is the place where the athletes would gather to receive their rewards. The bema was a place of rewards just as much as a place for punishment. See 1 Corinthians 3:10-15. The Lord will test what we built on the foundation of Christ. What survives will be rewarded. What does not survive will be burned – yet the believer will still receive salvation. The Lord blesses and rewards us for serving our bosses at work with sincerity and excellence.
Now let me give you 4 suggestions for witnessing for Christ effectively:
• A. Don’t brag. Don’t go to work & brag about how wonderful your Christian life is. Self-righteousness has always been repulsive. It simply won’t work. Don’t brag.
• B. Don’t nag. Don’t carry a big Bible under your arm and every time somebody cusses pull it out & say, “Look here. It says, `Thou shalt not swear.’” Because all you’re going to do is turn them away.
• C. Don’t lag. As a Christian it is important for you to do your work & do it well. Be on time for work. Maybe even early. Do your job well, maybe help others if they are falling behind. Don’t be negative and drag others down. Laziness is not a good witness for Jesus.
• D. Don’t sag Be really careful not to go back to your old way of life. Be really careful not to listen to their language & start to use it yourself. Make sure you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.
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