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1.  The Christian Employee/Volunteer

 

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The Christian Employee/Volunteer

As Christians we have clear instruction in the Word of God as to our responsibility in the various relationships we have. Please note, the instruction is in our responsibility. We are only responsible for our actions and attitudes, not the actions and attitudes of others. We as Christians are responsible before God for our obedience to His instruction in His Word. We will find that His Word has much to say on service, in fact, there are clear and specific instructions on the matter. In this study we will examine the responsibility of the Christian employee/volunteer to the employer/director. We as Christians must make a choice to obey His commands and apply the Word to our daily lives. It is through these choices and the application of the Word that we grow in maturity.

Our responsibility and goal as a Christian employee/volunteer should be to perform even the most menial of tasks to the best of our ability for the glory of God. Here is the key: it should be to the glory of God. The question one must ask then is: Why am I working/serving here? Is it for the glory of God?

Ephesians 6:5-9

v. 5: Servants

  • Employee: anyone who is hired and paid a salary by another to do a particular job qualifies as a servant.

  • Volunteer: anyone who has made a commitment to volunteer time and services for a cause qualifies as a servant.

  • A servant is a person who is in subjection to authority.

    Obedient: A command word, which means to submit to authority.

    Fear and Trembling: The idea being communicated here is respect. We are to submit to those in authority over us respectfully.

    As unto Christ: This is the key to our ability to follow these commands. We are to obey and submit with respect as if it were Jesus Christ Himself giving us the order. The attitude of our heart should beóI am doing this for You Lord. If Jesus were to ask you or me to do a task, any task at all, would you respond with your whole heart? If you didnít agree, would you submit? This should be the attitude of our heart when an employer/director makes a request or gives an order.

    Colossians 3:22-24

    v. 22 Serve and obey not with eyeservice as menpleasers. We are not to obey for the appearance of obedience to please men. Our obedience should come from a heart that wants to please God, with a heart attitude that desires to remain loyal to the Word of God.

    Sincerity, singleness of heart. The Greek word translated as sincerity actually is the word singleness and carries with it the idea of sincerity, without self seeking, generosity, and simplicity.

    Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:3: No man can serve two masters. WHY? Because he will love the one and hate the other. If you are not single minded in your service, you will have divided loyalties.

    Fearing God: respect and loyalty.

    v. 24: Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for yyou serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Titus 2:9

    Obedient, well pleasing: Do your utmost to please those in authority over you.

    Not answering back: To answer back someone in authority over you is displeasing to God. You may have a different opinion than your employer/director but you do not have the right to express your opinion unless the employer/director has asked for your opinion, and when expressing your opinion you are to do so with respect. If your opinion is rejected you are to accept this in humility. As a Christian employee/volunteer whose heart attitude is to be loyal to Godís Word and to serve for His glory you will not be argumentative when your opinions are not embraced.

    v. 10: pilfering, purloining. This means not holding back. Often when we do not agree with those in authority over us we will submit, but not with our whole heart. We will do the job but not to the best of our ability. If we react in this manner, we must realize that we are in rebellion to Godís Word.

    v. 11:WHY because of the grace of God.

    v. 12: WHY because we are to live righteously according to the Word of God.

    v. 13: HOW because of the hope we have of His return.

    I Peter 2:18

    Önot only to the good and gentle, but also to the harshÖ In the Greek, the word translated as harsh (froward, KJ) means warped.

     

    Return to and read Ephesians 6:5-9:

    Servants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with good will doing service, as to the Lord, not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. And you masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

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