Week 11. Wednesday: Who Are You Serving?
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Ephesians 6:7
7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Serve Wholeheartedly (Greek: douleuō eunoia): to render service with a good will
This phrase refers to serving with benevolence.
This means that we should go above and beyond what is required.
Christians should always be committed to serving with excellence.
Serving the Lord (Greek: hōs kyrios): obedience to the ultimate authority
Christ the Lord is our ultimate authority. We are accountable to Christ.
We serve others as if we are serving Christ, because we are serving Christ.
Not People (Greek: ou anthrōpos): not only for the sake of people
God has placed leaders in authority over us for a reason.
Therefore, in serving our leaders we are actually serving God.
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
If we believe that we are only serving people, we will serve half heartedly at best. When we understand that we are ultimately serving Christ, we will give more than is required. In serving this way we show Christ, not only to our leaders but also to those serving with us. This is not optional nor is it dependent on the quality and character of our leaders. We are serving Christ first and foremost.
What do you think it means to serve wholeheartedly?
How does that apply to your workplace, church, and community?
How does knowing that you are ultimately serving Christ change how you serve?
PRAY: Ask God to help you serve others as if you are serving Him.