The "Attitudes Beatitudes"
A "Mountain Moving Ministries" Special
by Marvin C. Loveness, TH.B.
Many may look at the "Good Book" as a list of rules of "Do's and
Don'ts". Actually, it is written to "teach us, correct us, and instruct us in righteousness"
so we may be fully made into the image and likeness of Jesus our
Savior. For it was our Savior's daily "meat to do our Father's will", to be perfect even as our Father
in heaven is perfect.
So this "mini series" is written to encourage each of us to walk as
Jesus would walk, particularly in this "work-a-day world" we live in. Our focus is on "personnel
relations". How can we rise above the tensions and disappointments
of being treated unfairly, or worse, being taken advantage of.
We know that Jesus learned obedience through the things he
suffered. And he suffered rejection from his "theological peers", desertion, betrayal, not to mention
being surrounded by insecure disciples, hardness of heart, unbelief, and temptation that we have no
comprehension of. Yet he endured it all "for the joy that was before him", the joy of being the
"firstborn of many brethren", the joy of doing the will of his Father. In fact, he is our blue
print on how to "count it all joy when immersed in myriads of trials, knowing that the trying of your
faith produces patience and endurance, and letting endurance have its perfect work
so you may be perfect and complete, wanting nothing".
Remember he told us that "in this world you will have tribulation,
but be of good courage, for I
have overcome the world". That means that even though "a servant is
not GREATER than his
master", our master (if indeed he is our master) has afforded us
the strength to follow him in
every KIND of situation.
With that in mind, let us consider the following passages as we
strengthen and develop our
"Attitudes Beatitudes" :
Eph 6:5 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 eye service, 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.
Servants of the wealthy were considered part of the "household-family"
in many respects in the
Jewish culture, and this may be the reason why they are mentioned in
Ephesians and Colossians
within the context of "family relations". However, servants were not
always slave, but often
"hired hands" for the farm work, even so far as to manage the family
business, and paid according
faithfulness and abilities. So we can "extrapolate" an abiding
principle to apply
to today's economy. "Servants" can be seen as a type of our
modern day "employee" in the
work-a-day world, and the "master", of course typifies our
"Employer". Reading the admonitions to the servants and applying
them to each
individual who is either an employee, or a contractor-for-hire, etc,
we know the heart of our God is
to serve that employer (or the one that contracted our services, as the
case may be ) with the same
humility and carefulness as if we were hired on by God himself.
Many people quote Col 3:23-25.... "whatsoever you do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord, and not unto
men", .... but to my knowledge they do not tie it to the instructions
to the servants in the verse just
prior to that. But in that context, you can see that we are
to work our day by day tasks as if serving the Lord personally.
Col 3: 22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong
which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Now let's see how Peter addresses the situation. He is going to
show us the difference between
being "in a trial" for doing wrong, and for doing the will of God:
1 Pet 2:18 18 Servants, be subject to your masters
with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also
to the froward, the crooked, the perverse, the surly, or the unfair.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience
toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your
faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do
well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is
acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ
also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye
should follow his steps:
Some people loose their job for opposing the employer or manager, or
for not paying attention to
detail, to instructions, etc. They often claim to be in a "James.1"
trial, when actually they are
suffering for doing wrong instead of righteously. But if you suffer
losses ( like the loss of a bonus,
the company car, the
cruise with the elite) for being a godly testimony, or upholding
about partying, drinking, etc, ..... and you take THAT patiently,
great is your reward.
If one lives boldly and unashamedly for the testimony of Jesus, and
loses privileges or promotions,
or even the job itself, this is acceptable and well-pleasing to the
Lord. Yes, it causes hardship, but
it is worth the cost in eternity, whereas the name of the Lord is
blasphemed by the world when
those who are "called by His Name" are caught compromising, stealing,
etc. When we are thrown into financial setbacks or other such trials
for such things, we dare NOT
think or say we are suffering for (or because of) Christ Jesus.
Just a quick note to show that Paul reflects the same admonition to
to reflect a godly behavior in the work arena that all may see the
grace and goodness of God :
Titus 2:9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their
own masters, and to please them well in all things;
not answering again;
10 Not holding back, but showing all good fidelity;
that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in
all things. 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath
appeared to all men,
One final comment here in Timothy that we are to honor our Employers
so that the name of our God
be not disreputed.
1Tim 6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke
count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the
name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
2 And they that have believing masters, let them not
despise them, because they are brethren; but rather
do them service, because they are faithful and
beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach
It is easy to despise our employer for the wealth he controls, and
for the luxuries he enjoys. People
often murmur and complain they are being treated unfairly, and in some
cases they truly may be.
This particular passage may be addressing those who were working to pay
off a debt, and were
more of a "slave" than a servant or steward of the house. Apparently
many of those who share a
common faith in Christ Jesus "despised" there master for any number of
reasons, yet the apostle
particularly singles them out to remind them that the masters are
indeed "brothers", and not to
be despised. Perhaps they thought that they should be treated
differently than others because
they were of the same faith as the master.
Perhaps there was ill-will because the "master" could not see his way
to "forgive the debt".
Whatever the reason, Paul is telling them to honor their master, and
in our society, to honor our
employer. Even if they are of the same faith as we are, we should not
expect "special treatment" or
"unmerited favor". We should serve them ( the "saved" and the
"unsaved" alike ) as if we were
serving the Lord personally and directly.
The "masters" and "Employers" have their own responsibilities.
Coming soon, a look at what
those responsibilities are, from a scriptural view point, as we
endeavor to reflect the heart of God
and of Christ to you, and for you Then perhaps a look at the
"attitudes beatitudes" of the "rich"
and the "poor". In the meantime, exercise the "faith of God" to move
your mountain ! (Mark
11:22, Greek text)
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