Luke 6:46 Obedience Is Required

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46

Every person has someone who is an authority over them. Most often the authority is the boss or employer for whom they work. It is expected that each worker will obey the boss and do what is asked of them. If one does not do what the boss says, he will be reprimanded or fired.

Although the most common authority is a boss, there are also other authorities that are required to be obeyed. Police, guards, parents and others also are authorities to be obeyed.

Jesus asked the people why they call Him, ‘Lord,’ but do not obey Him.

The term ‘Lord’ is another term for master or ruler, authority. Very few people like to use the term ‘Lord’ in today’s society. It brings the implication of slavery or ownership and no one likes to be considered a slave or being owned by another person.

However, Jesus does own the believer, because He bought the believer with His own blood. He paid the price with His blood so that the person may have life. With this price being paid, Jesus has full authority over one’s life. He is the Master, the Head Boss.

Many will call Jesus, ‘Lord,’ but will not obey Him as Lord. They act as if His commands are suggestions or that they have the freedom to choose what they will obey or not obey.

Acting like this is a double standard and Jesus is not truly Lord in their life. They are not being wise, but foolish, saying one thing, but doing another. Those who do not obey Jesus will be cast out in the end. They will be rejected by God when they stand before Him.

Obedience is a requirement to follow Jesus.

As you believe in and call Jesus your Lord, you must be willing to obey Him. At a minimum Jesus tells you to love God with everything in you, love others, including your enemies, to be His witness and to make disciples.

These are just the beginning of following Jesus. As you do these things, God will guide you in how to do these things. This is where complete obedience comes in. It reveals if Jesus is really Lord in your life or not.

Ask yourself if you have really made Jesus ‘Lord’ of your life or not.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that Jesus will be LORD over your life; that you will hear and know God’s every command to you; and that you will obey God’s every command to you.

Deuteronomy 24:14 Taking Advantage Of Others

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Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Deuteronomy 24:14

Every nation has people who are foreigners and people who are poor living among them. It is something that cannot be escaped. Usually with many of the foreigners, they are poor. They have moved from one nation to another with very little money, trying to make a living.

With this type of situation, they, along with those who are poor, are often willing to do any work for any pay, just to survive. Knowing this, there are many people who will take advantage of this desperate situation. They will pay as little as possible to get their work. The worker who is poor will work and do anything just for something. Something is seen as better than nothing.

Believers are often known for taking advantage of other believers in the workplace. They will pay as little as possible and expect the highest output of work. They hide behind the verse that every believer is to work as unto the Lord. This is taking advantage, rather than giving the worker what he is worth.

God told the Israelites not to take advantage of one of these people. They are to pay them what they are worth and not to put extra burdens upon them.

Every believer is to be generous with what they have been blessed with. They are to love everyone equally. Taking advantage of another person’s situation is neither generous nor loving.

God is generous with every person. He does not take advantage of a person and his situation, but loves every person equally. He pours out His love, grace, and mercy equally upon every person. God provides abundantly to every person every thing that they need.

As a believer, you must live your life like Jesus did, with generous love, mercy and grace. Jesus came to serve, not to be served. When you take advantage of others, you are placing yourself as the head, rather than the servant. Generously pour out what God has given you into the lives of others. God will pour back into your life what you have need of.

Do not expect more from someone than what you expect of others. Do not give less to one than to another. Treat everyone with God’s love equally.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for everyone; that you will be generous as God is; that you will not take advantage of others in their situations; that you will trust God with what you have; and that you will serve as Jesus served.

 

 

Ephesians 6:9 For The Master (The Boss)

“And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.” Ephesians 6:9

After telling the slaves to be obedient to their masters, Paul turns to the masters. These are the people who controlled or owned the slaves. Since there is no longer legal slavery allowed in the USA today, this would be the bosses of the workplaces.

He states that they are to treat the slaves in the same way. What is the “same way”? The slaves were to obey their masters as though obeying God. Now the masters are to treat their slaves the same way they would treat God.

How is a believer expected to treat God? With respect, awe, and reverence. It is recognition of who He is and the power He holds.

The slave or worker is a child of God. He is an heir to the king’s throne. You will always treat the heir to the throne with the same respect as you would the king.

Many bosses like to be a dictator over the worker, demanding their own way, refusing to listen to the worker. The boss must listen to the worker. He must treat them with respect and honor. Without the worker there would be no need for the boss.

Along with the treatment, one is not to show favoritism. God does not show it nor expect it. Often in the workplaces there is a lot of favoritism. One is given better treatment than the other, and not for good reason.

If you are a boss or one in authority in the workplace, take note on how you treat those under your authority. Are you treating them as a child of God? Or are you just using and abusing them?

Do you show favoritism? Or do you treat everyone the same?

Remember that yes you are over them, but God is over you and them. Every person has someone under their authority, and someone over their authority. Show the love of God in how you lead others. This is true in the workplace, home, and the neighborhood, anywhere you lead anyone in anyway.

I pray today that you will see those under you as God’s children; that you will not threaten them or treat them harshly in anyway; that you will allow God to be Master over you and others; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Ephesians 6:5 For The Slave (Worker)

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” Ephesians 6:5

In America, slavery has been done away with, but around the world there are still places that allow it. Slavery is nearly always looked at as cruel and unjust treatment of a person. Although this was very commonly the case, there were people in America who treated their slaves with great care and love. In the Bible, Joseph was a slave to the Egyptians. He was treated with great respect and love, and this was by a group who did not believe in God.

Today, a common type of “slavery” is in the workplace. People are enslaved to their work. Many people do not really like their work, but must do it in order to provide for their families or needs. In this case the boss is the master and the worker is the slave.

Paul is stating that the slave must obey the master just as if the master was Jesus.

One of the ways described is with sincerity of heart. Many people obey, just to not get in trouble, or just when the master is around. This is not in sincerity. Sincerity is doing the right thing all the time. It is not doing things just to stay out of trouble, but because it is the right thing to do.

How a person works for a master here on this earth, is a good indication of how they serve their master in heaven–God.

If you cannot honestly serve your boss that you can see, how will you serve God who you cannot see?

Whether or not your boss is a Christian has nothing to do with you serving him as though serving Jesus. As long as the boss does not ask you to do something against God, you must do it as though Jesus told you to do it. Do not cut corners or cheat your boss.

Be the good slave to the ones in authority over you here on this earth. This will make you a good slave to Jesus. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that God will help you serve those over you; that you will obey your boss as though obeying Jesus; that you will have sincerity in your obedience; and that God will draw many to Jesus through your actions.

Matthew 24:45-46 Being Faithful and Wise

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” Matthew 24:45-46

Jesus is talking about what the end times will be like. It will be a time when everyone is doing their own thing, not paying attention to the time. Now Jesus talks about the servant who is doing the correct thing.

In the workplace there are times when the boss will give a list of things for the workers to do, and then he leaves. While he is gone, he expects the directives that he has given to be followed.

Often there are some in the workplace who will then start to play and goof-off. One or more of the workers will not do much, while the rest do all the work. It appears that they are getting away with the playing.

Then, suddenly the boss reappears earlier than what was expected. Those who were playing then get into trouble with the boss. No one has a problem with this because they are supposed to be working, not playing.

Jesus likens this to the end of time and His return. He is the boss. All believers are the servants/workers. Some will be partying and not doing the work they are supposed to be doing and will be punished. Others will be working correctly and will be rewarded.

What is the work you are supposed to be doing for God? At a minimum it is being a witness and living for God. God has an individual plan of work specific to each person. He expects you to be doing the work He has given you.

Seek God to know what job He wants you to be doing. Now, faithfully do that work. Be wise and do not live your life for yourself. Live for God and for others. God will take care of you.

When Jesus returns or calls you home, may He find you being the wise and faithful servant.

Are you being wise and faithful today?

I pray today that God will reveal His work for you to do; that you will do the work God has given you to do; that you will be wise and faithful to Jesus; that you be His witness daily in everything you say and do; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.