Ephesians 6:1-9 was Paul’s written instruction about God’s designed order for children, parents, bondservants, and masters. We prosper and thrive when we live out His purpose in our daily lives.
Verse 4 in the Amplified says, “Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger (do not exasperate them to resentment), but rear them (tenderly) in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord.”
If fathers through the centuries, had followed God’s design in raising their children, our present world would have been so different. Everyone has a father, whether present or absent in the home.
Verse 6-7 affects everyone. It was addressed to bondservants in Paul’s day, yet we are Christ’s bondservants. It says, “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.”
Eyeservice is done through selfish motives. It is wanting to look good, doing it for attention, or praise. The bottom line is focused on self. A slave, on the other hand, obeys whether their heart is in it.
Galatians 1:10 says, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” It is good to ask ourselves: Am I doing this to please others or God? It helps to clarify our motive before we act.
Romans 6:18 says, “And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” We are slaves who serve from a heart of gratitude. Therefore as slaves of righteousness, we will stand in truth without compromise. We will fear the Lord rather than man. We will not back down, but joyfully declare through our lives that Jesus is Lord Over All!