This section of scripture covers a lot of ground: wives, husbands, children, slaves, masters. And as we’ve seen in this letter, Paul is pretty straight forward. As I read through these verses time and again, there are a few phrases that are sticking hard:
…as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. [v. 23, NLT]
…It is the Lord Christ you are serving. [v. 24, NIV]
…God has no favorites. [v. 25, NLT]
I find it so easy to make excuses because of the broken and fallen world that we live in. We warp the black and white, because, well, “at least I’m doing better than so-and-so.” Oh, just me?
God doesn’t call us to be perfect, but He calls us to “do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.” [Micah 6:8] He is a jealous God. [Exodus 20:5; Deuteronomy 4:24]
Jealous for your heart.
Jealous for your mind.
Sisters, it is for Him that we are living each day. And each day we are covered by His grace.
- Think of an area in your life where you’ve chosen to “work for man” instead of God?
- Are there idols in your life that need to be replaced? What areas is He jealous for?