It was our second last week of study with the Good Morning Girls, and our Scripture passage was Ephesians 6: 1-9. Aa I looked through the verses I started reading Paul’s instructions to the slaves.
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. 6 Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. 7 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 8 Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
This got me thinking. We do not live in a society of masters and slaves. Even though sometimes it does feel like it, right? I do have many memories from my father’s teaching. He would apply these verses to employment. He would always quote some or all of this section when I would not be too happy with something related to my job. When I started college and later my first job, he would constantly remind me to work with the same effort and diligence whether my boss was there or not. He’d always say, “Your heavenly boss is watching.”
My dad was all about authenticity. He could not stand it when people would put on one face for Sunday, and the rest of the week wore a different face. My dad’s teaching has influenced me greatly. And so I try it every day, to “work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” I think it changes my attitude toward my job, toward my employer and toward my colleagues if I keep that in mind.
I have also tried to teach my kids that God is watching them. I’m still reminding them of this truth when they leave the house. I can’t always go with them, but I know that my God does.
P.S. This past year I had sent these verses to both my girls as they were away in Europe volunteering with YWAM and OM. It was important for me to know that God was watching over them while they were away from home, getting acquainted with their jobs and getting used to being on their own. I felt great comfort in knowing that God would protect them from harm and keep them safe.
But I also asked God to remind them that He was watching them, He was seeing everything and He knew every detail of what was happening in their lives and also around them. If I could not be there to make sure they behaved appropriately, I knew who I could ask! And God has been with them every step of the way.