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.
And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
Diane Paddison said, “No matter what your team looks like, there’s nothing more important than to know your employees. It’s critical to understand their strengths, weaknesses, and motivators, as well as their work and communication styles. This knowledge will help you to motivate, encourage, and correct course more effectively, and it will make your employees feel known, respected, and engaged in their work.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “If Jesus preached the same message ministers preach today, He would have never been crucified.”
In this verse, Paul turns his attention to the “masters”, the employers, the bosses, or the managers. Just as God has expectations of Christian employees, He has expectations of those employers who claim to be Christians.
First, they are to “do the same things unto” their workers. Some of the same things God commanded of employees are commanded of employers — specifically treating them with good will and doing unto them as one would do unto Christ. Employees are in a position of servanthood in the workplace, and God has a special concern for how those who are not in authority are treated. He looks out for people who are taken advantage of and mistreated by those who have power over them.
Second, employers are told to “forbear [or refrain from] threatening.” In the Roman world, a master could kill a slave who was persistently disobedient and unproductive. While this rarely happened because slaves were so expensive, it is likely that there was a great deal of threatening going on. Masters would have used the threat of death and other adverse circumstances to motivate their slaves. But God does not want Christian employers to act in such a way.
The main encouragement for employers to follow these teachings is simply because they have a “Master also in Heaven.” Every earthly authority, employers included, are under the heavenly authority of Jesus Christ. As a Christian employer, it might be your business, but Jesus is the one who is over you. You must answer to Him for your behavior.
Jesus is, of course, not a respecter of persons. He does not care how rich and powerful you might be. In His eyes, you are no more important than the people you hire. All are on level ground before Him. Everything you do, every decision you make, you ought to consider if it will be pleasing to Jesus because, one day, you will have to give an account of your actions to Him.
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.”
— Lorraine in Chicago
bless her with monies needed to launch her vision to reduce violence and bring Unity in Chicago
— Renee in Raytown, MO
heal and bless her family
— Sherry Johnson
bring restoration and remove discord from her family after her son’s interracial marriage
— Christine in Erath, Louisiana
heal her father who is suffering from stage 4 kidney failure, congestive heart failure, COPD, prostate cancer, and thyroid problems; bring his body total healing
— Cheryl in Picayune, Mississippi
heal her mother of cancer
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
Darrian A. Brown
James O. Harris
C. L. Bachus
J. B. Hardwick
John W. Davis, Sr.
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.”
Sheila Jackson Lee
Hakeem S. Jeffries
Evan H. Jenkins
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.