Ephesians 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.
The Book of Ephesians Examines Economics.
The King James Version of 1611 was written and approved by the Aristocrats of that day, the King, and the religious scholars and leaders. It bridged the gap between the 1560 Geneva Bible, deemed anti-royal the commoners Bible, and the Bishops Bible, where the Queen herself was pictured on the title page. The King James Bible mended this economic rift somewhere in the middle. Though its bias still leans towards the hierarchy and culture of the day, especially noticeable in our day of capitalism, free enterprise and open communication, it extracted the accuracy in translation to the best of man’s ability. Buried underneath the tapestry layers of language and word choice God’s love shines through. The power and depth of long forgotten words in their rhythmic cadence draw a wellspring of understanding into our hearts and ears. This is why I choose to use it.
Ephesians 6:5 conveys the life of a common man living in 1611 in England. He worked for a master as a servant. Today, we have these kinds of relationships in the form of an employee, and employer. Our freedoms allow us to work for someone, or for ourselves. Either way we are providing a service and it is a business contract the same kind as implied in the verse above.
But what is God’s heart?
2 Thessalonians 3: 10; For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Proverbs 19:15; Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Proverbs 14:23; In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips [tendeth] only to penury.
Colossians 3:22-24; 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. And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
If you own a business, have a job, or are at home raising your kids, you have work before you everyday. You will never rest so well as after a day of hard work. You will never build your confidence as much as when you show up with a mind to work. We are healthier, happier and more balanced when we work hard. It’s a proven fact that there are far more crimes associated with the idle rich and the idle poor than the working middle class. What’s the old phrase? An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
Did Jesus work that hard? Yes, as a carpenter by trade. A carpenter, back then, was hard work! He was strong of body and mind. Paul learned the craft of tent making, Peter was a fisherman using nets.
Hard work and God’s work go hand-in-hand.
Have a blessed day being thankful for the opportunity to work hard.