SERVANTS OBEY YOUR MASTERS
By Ivan 1. Burgener
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:22-24
"Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the
God's Word through the Apostle Paul to the converted servants or slaves in the church at Colosse was just as clear to them as it is to us. These slaves, even though redeemed by the precious blood of Christ or rather because they were redeemed-were to obey. Really, blind obedience? Read the words='fn all things .... " But what if their masters were not saved? Saved or not, the masters were held accountable for their commands. Slaves were to obey.
No doubt there was a sizeable number of the Colossian church saved in the social ranks of slavery. What should be their response to masters? We can well imagine the problem of a believing slave carrying out the orders of an unsaved master. And while serving a believing master might seem asier, yet there would be the problem of being subject to one who was a fellow member of Christ's one Body. To our aroused social consciousness continued slavery in the church might seem unthinkable, but the existing order was not abolished. Surely the grace of God would work out all these problems if given a chance to work.
For those saved under that social system, they were to honor the Lord by being obedient and not just when their master was watching! Perhaps the nearest setting in our free society today would be that of obeying our boss or supervisor in our work. We "serve the Lord Christ" by doing a good job!
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