Daily Life

Willingly Serve

Ephesians 6:6

Not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

Paul is speaking here to those who are serving earthly masters and encouraging them to be good servants, to be sincere and not merely seeking approval for what they do.

I mentioned previously the idea of needing to be liked; the way we often go about this is by doing what we feel will please others. The problem with that is what pleases someone one day might irritate them the next. The goal post constantly moves and the pressure to please increases each time. This becomes weary and before you know it you are just nodding and smiling to whatever is being asked of you.

The relationship between boss and employee is more often than not, strained, and lip service is paid to the requests made. We may even feel that our best is never good enough and that some people just cannot be pleased. We become apathetic in response, doing the bare minimum of what is required.

This is not the attitude that pleases God and He is the One we should want to please above all. We need to find a way of moving from ‘begrudgingly doing’ to ‘willingly doing’, because no matter who we may be serving, we are always serving Christ. We should serve Him truthfully, honestly and with a sincere heart.

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