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 men pleasers; 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.
R.C.H. Lenski said, “Whether we are observed, praised, rewarded by them or not, our supreme satisfaction is that all our labor is done for the Lord, our praise and our reward cannot be taken from us.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer.”
In verse 7 of this passage, Paul reiterates the command for Christian workers to fulfill their duties as though they were working for the Lord. In the previous verse, he said that doing this is God’s will. Now, he says they should do this with “good will.” The words “good will” mean benevolence or kindness.
A Christian worker ought to be benevolent and kind in the fulfillment of his duties. This has to do with their attitude, not only toward their boss, but to their fellow employees. It has to do with the kind of spirit with which a person works. Someone might be a good worker who does not need supervision, but if he is mean and hateful toward everyone around him, no one will want to work with him. You ought to be sure that you are working with a spirit of good will toward others in your environment and toward the tasks you are given to accomplish.
One commentator stated that good will also could be defined as enthusiasm and eagerness. You should not treat any work as a drudgery whether it is work done for others or done for yourself.
Again, this spirit of good will should be shown “as to the Lord, and not to men.” Men cannot see your heart, but God can. Others may not be able to identify or detect a negative spirit, but God knows what is going on in our hearts. That is why it is crucially important that you labor, not for man, but for God.
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.”
— Dottie in Louisiana
for grace, mercy, and peace in her life; for her to have a good relationship with her daughters and grandchildren; for her grandson to be healed of his speech impediment
— Audrey in Archer, FL
for her grandson, Rashad, to find a good job so that he can take care of his wife and baby and for his salvation
— John & Scovia in Uganda
money to pay for their house
— Betty in Houston, TX
give her hope after the death of her husband and her son; help her to wait on You and trust in You, provide for her needs
— Brenda in Bardstown, KY
for healing of a drug addiction; for her 25-year-old daughter who is having her 6th child (4 of whom Brenda has custody of); for protection and guidance.
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
C. L. Bachus
W. Edward Jenkins
John W. Davis, 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.”
Joseph J. Heck
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Jody B. Hice
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.