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Trail…Pursue God by Practicing a Spiritual Discipline

February 6, 2013

Today’s Reading     Colossians 3:22-25    Obey in Everything

 

Paul’s teaching in this passage seems straight-forward enough: work hard, remember that your true master is God, and do everything to honor Him. However, what Paul actually says is troubling: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything.” Really? Obey in everything? What if your employer asks you to do something immoral, illegal, or simply unethical?

Whenever you read the Bible, keep a couple of things in mind. First, when a passage is unclear, you can use other, clearer passages to help you understand it. Second, biblical writers often use literary devices to communicate their point (such as hyperbole). Just three verses later, Paul writes, “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism” (v. 25). We see this elsewhere in Scripture as well. God held the entire people of Israel accountable for their sin even though their kings led them into it (2 Kings 17:21-23). God always wants His people to do the right thing, so Paul’s teaching in this context is a general rule. We should serve our masters well, but we are always accountable for our actions.

How well do you “obey your earthly masters in everything”? Do you resist their leadership, question their methods at every turn, or do just enough to get by? Or do you seek to serve and bless them no matter what they are like? Today consider what you should do to serve your employer better. Take steps to be a blessing to them and serve faithfully.

 

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