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.
Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “The Cinderella of the church of today is the prayer meeting. This handmaid of the Lord is unloved and unwooed because she is not dripping with the pearls of intellectualism, nor glamorous with the silks of philosophy; neither is she enchanting with the tiara of psychology.”
In our last homily, we saw three ways in which a Christian employee is to obey his boss: (1) “with fear and trembling” — that is, with honor and respect; (2) “in singleness of heart” — that is, being focused on the tasks one is given; (3) “as unto Christ” — that is, serving this human authority as though you were serving Christ, for you, indeed, are serving Christ.
The next verse tells us that Christian employees should work “not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers.” Many people work well only when they are being watched or when they know someone else will check their work. They do not do good work because it is right to do, but simply because they want the boss or the customer to be pleased with them. It is good for the boss or the customer to be pleased with your work, but you ought to do good work even when no one is watching, when no one is going to check behind you, and when you are not expecting a pat on the back, or a pay raise.
When you work in this manner, you are truly being a “servant of Christ.” This is quite simply because you realize that God Himself is watching you all the time. Instead of being men-pleasers, we ought to be God-pleasers. If you do a good job and your boss does not praise you, you will know that God is pleased because He sees everything you do.
As a servant of Christ in the workplace, it ought not to matter who is over you or how closely they are watching what you do. Why? Because you should be “doing the will of God from the heart.” If it is in your heart to do right and to do a good job for the company you work for and its customers, it will not matter who sees you. You will be doing right because the Christ in you is leading you to do right. Not only in the workplace, but in every aspect of life, our prayer ought to be, ‘Lord, give me a heart like Christ.’
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.”
— Linda in Fort Worth, TX
for her brother to be completely delivered from alcohol & grief over the murder of his only son
for her daughter to come back to You
— Teresa in Albany, GA
for her daughter and oldest son to recover from the death of their brother and to be healed
for Teresa to stay strong
— Linda in Ledyard, CT
for her prodigal husband to return to You and come home
— Virginia in Barbados
for her nephew, Fachad, to be released from prison; for her husband to stay employed; for her to become debt free
— Kenesha in Kenosha, WI
bless her as a single mother, provide for her and her children; give her the right kind of job that pays well; lead her to a good church home
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
Lawrence L. Kirby
John M. Miles
Robert Smith, Jr.
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.”
H. Morgan Griffith
Frank C. Guinta
Luis V. Gutierrez
Richard L. Hanna
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.