Friday Morning: 09 Aug 2019 – Ephesians 6:1-9 ~ Be filled with the Holy Spirit… at home and at work.

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Endurance – Friday)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son first suffered pain and crucifixion before entering into glory: Mercifully grant that we, walking in his footsteps, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Ephesians 6:1-9 (NLT)

Children and Parents

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Slaves and Masters

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. 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. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.
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Morning Reflection:

Do what’s right and good.

“As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart.”
– Ephesians 6:6b –

What is the will of God for believers? As we have seen, it’s to imitate God as revealed to us in Jesus Christ. Filled with, and empowered by, the Holy Spirit we are called to live in the light of God’s truth and love sacrificially in submission to our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. We are slaves of Christ Jesus.

That’s why Paul urges us to be filled with the Holy Spirit… at home, and at work. In whatever position we find ourselves – man or woman, parent or child, master or slave – we are to live and work as wholeheartedly for them as we would for Jesus. In today’s reading, Paul addresses the two-sided relationships of parenting and work.

+ Parenting:

  • On one side, believing children are commanded to honor and respectfully obey their parents. If they do so, God promises a good and long life.
  • On the other side: believing parents are warned not to abuse the authority that God has given them. Rather, they are to raise their children with discipline and instruction from God. In other words, to show their children the same loving-kindness they have received from God.

+ Work:

  • On one side, not many of us are actual slaves (although we may feel like it sometimes), but most of us work voluntarily for someone. Regardless, Paul urges believing employees to show their bosses (masters) due respect and to work diligently even when no one is watching. We are to work for their good, even as we would for God.
  • On the other side: believing employers (masters) are warned not to abuse the authority that God has given them by mistreating, or exploiting, those under them. Believing employers are ultimately under God’s authority and will be judged accordingly, without favoritism.

In summary: Whether at home or at work, in positions of authority or not, we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit and do what’s right and good.

Questions for consideration:

  • What role do you find yourself in at home at this time of your life – parent or child, or both? Please explain.
  • What challenges do you face in your family life? Where do you need God’s help? Please explain.
  • What are your responsibilities at work – employer or employee? Please explain.
  • How would your workplace change if you served God first in everything you did? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

For Parents and Children –

Heavenly Father: Watch over and protect our families – parents and children alike. Teach us that your ways lead to a full, satisfying life and strengthen us all in Christ Jesus so that we might never know a day apart from you. Help us to show each other the same loving-kindness that we have received from you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

For Employers and Employees –

Lord God: We are all accountable to you and we will all be judged by your standard of what’s right and good. Teach us to seek you first in all that we do – to seek righteousness over riches, to manage justly and work diligently. Help us to lay up treasures in heaven as we live and work that we may receive or just reward in eternity. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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“Living for Jesus” – Hymn sung by Cedar College of Education Choir at KwaSizabantu Mission in South Africa.

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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