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What does it mean to be a Christian mother, father and child? A Christians employee, employer? Ephesians 6:1-9 gives us some guiding principles.
Ronnie discusses how we are made to work. Work is the creation of value and intrinsically is good and God honoring. It serves the community by offering goods and services and the individual with opportunities to use their God given gifts and talents. However we are to work with integrity. do solid work, care for the people around us and move into the space that God provides.
As Americans, we are an independent and even rebellious people. Our country came to being out of a rebellion. But does this independent spirit work against how God wants us to live? That's Peter's next point in this letter. How can a Christian live under "bad" leadership?
Have we placed conditions on the services we do for God's Kingdom? Do we say things like "that is not my job"? If you claim to be a follower of Christ you are to die to yourself and become a slave to Him. True Christians view themselves as slaves for Christ and approach their work for Him in true humbleness.
When we come to Peter's instruction to servants and masters, it should strike us how the good news of Jesus plays out in the normal routines of our lives. Being a Christian, in that respect, is simple. So what does it look like to be a Christian in the workplace? That's the question we'll consider as we look at 1 Peter 2:18-25.
God has called us to be his ambassadors at work, to love the people at our work, so they will see the difference Jesus makes and want to know him too. But often instead of loving others at work, we hate them because they make us fearful, angry, and discouraged! But we can change by: 1) Waking up to the real conflict. 2) Getting dressed with our new identity. And 3) Doing battle with the weapons of love!
Peter goes on to emphasize the need for “patient endurance” when we suffer wrongfully because that patient endurance is “pleasing to God” (v. 20), it follows the example of Jesus Christ (v. 21), and it displays the outworking of our redemption. Peter sums up his appeal by calling the believer to become an “underwriter” of Jesus Christ and to conduct ourselves in such a way that we draw people into relationship with Him. Jesus is the watchful Shepherd and our Overseer (employer/director) of our souls.
In our passage Paul addresses slaves and though none of us are in this condition we can learn the principles applied to authority in our work to submission at our jobs.
There are times when, in following the commands of Christ in how we related to those around us, we will suffer for doing so. In speaking about how slaves are to relate to their masters even if their masters are wicked, we move to look at how we are to deal with unjust suffering at the hands of another.