Doing the will of God from the heart
Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man. Ephesians 6:5-7, ESV When the Apostle Paul wrote an admonition to the Christians at Ephesus, many of them worked as bondservants. As such, they have masters that are cruel and abusive. Yet, God wants them to remain faithful. So in spite of the fact that they were not treated well and were ridiculed, what mattered to them was to please God by taking heed of His command. When they obey their masters they reflect the life of Christ through their service. To remain consistent working is such hostile environment was very difficult. What kept them serving their masters was their resolve that serving this way is serving the Lord. Their eyes were focused in God. They knew that they belonged to Christ. They wanted to honor Christ in their work. This attitude will keep them focused in their goal that in whatever they do; glorify God. Such motivation provides them strength and encouragement that will sustain them in what they are doing. This is the freedom that God wants His children to experience; the freedom to serve Christ and to honor Him. Once you discover the will of God and you get into it, you experience the freedom to be the person God wants you to be. Just like the challenge from the Word of God, no matter how difficult your circumstances will be, do the “will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man” (Ephesians 6:7). No matter what you do as long as you know you are in the will of God, always be mindful that you will serve “with a sincere heart as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ.” As Paul told the Christians in Colossae, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23). When you do and you follow His will for your life and the time for you to see God has come, you will hear Him say to you “‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’” (Matthew 25:21).