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Ephesians, Chapter Six, Lesson Two

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 7            Page 3
V. 5 (Cont'd.)

** But what if my boss is unfair, what if he is not even a Christian and tries to take advantage of my good work ethic?

Our instruction from God's Word is not based upon the character of our employer, and does not change regardless of who he or she might be! All see - 1Peter 2:18-20

Now back in Ephesians 6:5

** Throughout this marvelous epistle Paul has given us the wisdom of God, and right here in this simple command he gives us the key to a successful career. What attitudes are we to maintain as we submit to our employer?

"...with fear and trembling..."

** Is Paul asking for us to shrink back in fear each time our boss walks by?

No - he is speaking of a reverence and honor that we are to hold for the position of "employer". The one that God has place over us. If we cannot respect the kind of man or women our employer is based upon their character, we do it anyway out of reverence for Christ.
cf. Ephesians 5:33 (wives) and Ephesians 6:2 (Children)
with Philippians 2:12 and 2Corinthians 7:13-16

** So if we have to show respect, is it alright to fake it on the outside while hating our employer on the inside?

God forbid! We do not have to show respect, we get to! Our attitude must be genuine "in the sincerity of [our] heart, as to Christ". All see - Colossians 3:22-24

V. 6 ** As we strive to do this from a "sincere" heart, Paul knows that we are going to be surrounded by the sinful motives of those who do not know God. To which of those motives does Paul now refer?

Working for the purpose of offering "eyeservice", or to put it another way, doing our work only when your employer's eye is on you.

** What is driving that kind of hypocritical work ethic?

Only caring to be a man-pleaser! That term is synonymous with being a man-fooler. Trying to make others think we are something that we are not!

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