The Bateman Family

Batemans in Argentina

Shawn Bateman, Misionary to Argentina

30 August 2019

Where Does True Service Come From?

Where Does True Service Come From?

Ephesians 6:5-7 “Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:”

I’m sure you have felt it just as I have, the desire to serve so that you can please or impress someone. So you can hear them say “Good job!” Paul says here that our service is not to be rendered with eyeservice, meaning that we work well when others are watching because we want to win their favor. Nor is our service to be done begrudgingly. Rather our service is to be done first of all to Christ. He repeats this three times in the text. When you are working for others do it (Vs 5) “as unto Christ” (Vs 6) “as the servants of Christ”and (Vs 7) “as to the Lord.” Who is my boss? Christ is, and everything I do I should do it for him. The second thing is that our service should be done from a willing heart. Again this is repeated three times. As I serve I should serve (vs 5) “in singleness of heart,” or sincerely. Verse 6 says “doing the will of God from the heart” and verse 7 says we are to render service “with good will.” It is not enough to serve, but we must do so happily, sincerely, and willingly.


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