Submit yourselves to your master. 1 Peter 2:18-21

Hello my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

We continue our study of 1 Peter, picking up at verse 18, chapter 2. Peter writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:

“Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if your receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving an example, that you should follow in His steps.”
1 Peter 2: 18-21

There were many Household Slaves who had accepted Jesus, as Christ and Savior. Being sold into Slavery was common at that time if someone could not pay a debt. Jesus had set them free in their spirit and soul, but bodily they were in bondage. Peter was encouraging these Brothers and Sisters to realize how important their task was, and how important their conduct and attitudes were, regardless of how those they served acted. Jesus had shown that to them – to us.

The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do whether they are slave or free.” (Ephesians 6: 5-8)

So it was for them – so it is for us today.

Thankfully there are no slaves in this country, but Most of us have to work for others to pay our debts. Some call it slavery. Regardless, when we go to work, doing whatever it is we are doing at the time, we should go with the knowledge that we are working for the Lord.
We are there for a reason. We have lives to touch, and purposes to accomplish. It is not just a job, it is a calling for that moment. That is why our attitudes and conduct are so important.

If we are working for someone who is nice and understanding, that can be very pleasant. Let the love of God shine through in everything you do and say. Someone is watching and needs to see how you live your life.
If we are working for someone who is a ‘jerk’ and is always verbally beating us, or if something happens to us that is unfair, or unjust, let the love of God shine through in everything we say and do. Someone is watching, and needs to see how we handle adversity.

We serve the Lord, but Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead I have called you friends, for everything I have learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)
We serve the Lord as His friend going about His business. Let us submit ourselves to Him. He is the true Master.
He is about doing that which is good. Demonstrating His love for all. Showing the Way to the Father, and all that brings. Walking in truth.
Sometimes it is hard – sometimes it is easy. Whatever the case the Word says: “The Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do.”
So it is written – So it will be done.

Blessings and love to you, and yours, God’s Beloveds. ‘This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’ Let us be about the Master’s business – rejoicing and being glad in it as we go.

Poppa B

Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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