Ephesians 6:10 Be Strong In The Lord

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10

As Paul is bringing his letter to the Ephesian church to an end he gives on final summation of what needs to happen. Throughout the book he had given a variety of ways for the people to live their lives before God. Living like God in this unholy world that hates God can be a challenge. It goes against all the normal ways of the world. A weak person cannot do it, so Paul tells the people to be strong….in the Lord and in His power.

People everywhere like to be strong in themselves and do things on their own. Very few people like to rely on the help of someone else. It is embarrassing to men to have to ask for or rely on someone else’s help. Women everywhere are fighting for their rights to prove that they can do everything the men can do.

When a person has to rely on someone’s help, it means that they have failed at being able to do something themselves. It means that they are not strong enough.

Right after this verse Paul tells the people to put on the full armor of God. This need for strength and the battle are against all spiritual forces that are against God. The world is trying to get you to compromise your stand with God. They want you to sin alongside them.

Since you are human and have been born and raised in a sinful world, you will not be able to fight against it on your own. You will sin and you will not be able to love others as God does. It is only when you rely on the strength that God has can you love others as He does and not sin. It is His truth and love that will give you the power to say no to temptations that will come your way.

God had created the universe and everything in it. He has the power to overcome all sin. He has the power to help you love those who are unlovely.

Will you rely on His power? Will you trust in His strength for you? Or will you try to do it all on your own?

I pray today that you will know the power God has for you; that you will not try to live on your own strength; that you will seek God for the strength to live for Him and like Jesus; and that God’s power will be revealed in your life to others.

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.

Ephesians 6:2-3 For The Child

“Honor your father and mother–which is the first commandment with a promise–so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:2-3

Parents everywhere love the verse right before these about children obeying their parents. These verses take it further in children need to honor their parents. Paul even quotes it from the Old Testament ten commandments.

Honor is giving respect and recognition to someone. In America when someone does something extraordinary others will give them some honor. They will be given a plaque, or some sort of memorial with lots of public recognition to what they did to honor them.

However, when someone just does the normal day-to-day living, people do not show much honor. In fact, most people will tend to find fault with the person. Children are the same.

It is easy to find something wrong in a person’s life. Children everywhere are blaming parents for everything wrong. They will talk bad about their parents to everyone. There is no honor for the parents.

Yes, every parent has done some things wrong and, yes, there are some who are exceptionally bad in doing wrong. Despite their wrongs, they are still the parents. Children must still honor them in that aspect.

Jesus loved you while you were still a sinner and nailing Him to the cross. You must show that same love to your parent who is doing wrong. Honor your parent as that person is your father or mother.

Remember that even if you are an adult, you are still someone’s child. You do have parents. This is true whether they are living or dead, divorced or married. They are your parents.

Are you showing honor to your parents? Are speaking good about them?

Or are you just talking about all the bad things they did? Are you just pointing fingers at their faults?

Show God’s love to and for them. Show them honor. In the end, God promised long life on this earth. This was the first command with a promise. Follow that command and see what God can and will do for you.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you and your parents; that God will help you to love and honor your parents; that God will reveal to you ways you dishonor your parents; and that God will use you to draw more people to Jesus.

Ephesians 5:25 For The Husbands

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” Ephesians 5:25

Many people, especially the men, love to remind people of Ephesians 5:22, that wives are to submit to their husbands. Many women do not like that verse. People like to forget about today’s verse just a few verses further. It is a command to the husband.

Yes, husbands are supposed to be the head of the household. They are over their wife. Alongside that, however, they are supposed to do that with the same love that Jesus had for the church.

What kind of love did Jesus have? It was a self-sacrificing love. When people hated Him and wanted to kill Him, He showed His love by dying for them. Even as the people killed Jesus on the cross, He was asking God the Father to forgive them. Jesus was willing to do whatever it took to save people from their sins.

Husbands, you are supposed to have this same type of love for your wife. Are you willing to sacrifice your time, money, work, pleasures, relaxation and anything else for your wife?

There are many husbands who come home from a hard day at work demanding a meal on the table when they walk in the door. Immediately after the meal they are sitting down watching the latest sports game on television, or they are taking off to go do some fishing, or be with other men. They are not willing to do something for their wife or what she desires.

As the husband you are supposed to be looking out for the best interest of your wife. You are supposed to be building her up in Jesus. If you are taking the time to please yourself, will you build her up? If you are demanding that she does everything as you sit and relax, will that build her up?

Spend some time on your wife today. Take notice of what she needs. Give her a break from cleaning, taking care of the children, cooking, or what ever other things she does. Pamper her with love, the same love Jesus had for you. Be the real man Jesus was, not a demanding, greedy, tyrant the men of the world are.

I pray today that you will know how to show love to your wife as Jesus did; that you will be sacrifice yourself for your wife; that you will know the love Jesus has shown you; and that your marriage will be strong with Jesus at the center of it.