A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
Warren Wiersbe said, “The best way to be a witness for Christ on the job is to do a good day’s work.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “There is a world of difference between knowing the Word of God and knowing the God of the Word.”
Christian employees are commanded to “obey”. But how are they to obey?
First, they are to obey “with fear and trembling.” These words imply that you ought to do your work while showing respect and honor to the one who is in authority over you. You do not have to be a sycophant, groveler or a lying yes man. But you ought to willingly show respect and deference for the one who has authority over you in the workplace. This includes not talking about your boss behind their backs; if you have an issue with them, take it up with them directly in a respectful and humble tone.
Second, you ought to work “in singleness of heart.” A person who has singleness of heart has singleness of focus. He has one intent in all that he is doing. He devotes all of his energy to the task that has been set before him. He is not trying to get something out of it for himself or slacking off whenever he feels like it. You ought to be just as determined to complete the work for someone else as you would be if you were doing something you want to do.
Third, you ought to work “as unto Christ.” As a Christian, every good thing you do ought to be done as though you were serving the Lord. If for some reason you dislike your boss, that is no excuse to do a poor job. Instead, remind yourself that you are actually working for the Lord and strive to please Him in all that you do.
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revive the Family Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
— Rosemary in Chicago, Illinois
heal her husband, Paul, of lung cancer; give her strength
— Lamonica in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
help her friend, Stephan, to be delivered from drugs and alcohol and accept Your love
— Wesley in Wauconda, Illinois
heal his roommate’s friend, Jennifer, of heart problems
help Jennifer’s boyfriend to be caring
— Alice in Beijing, China
have her parents to become real Christians
heal her son who is very ill
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Board Members of the National Baptist Convention
Leonard D. Comithier
F. O. Bass
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
Paul A. Gosar
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.