21Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged. 22Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. 25But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites. 1Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven.
Today’s study is loaded, i love it!
Verse 21 is a scripture I believe many parents skip over in their bibles. I love the way the KJV put it, Do not provoke your children to anger.
Lest, by your continually finding fault with them, they should lose all courage, and despair of ever pleasing you. There is much sound sense and practical wisdom in this observation of the apostle. Children should not be flattered, but they should be encouraged. They should not be so praised as to make them vain and proud, but they should be commended when they do well. The desire of praise should not be the principle from which they should be taught to act, but they should feel that the approbation of parents is a desirable thing, and when they act so as to deserve that approbation, no injury is done them by their understanding it. He who always finds fault with a child; who is never satisfied with what he does; who scolds and frets and complains, let him do as he will, breaks his spirit, and soon destroys in the delicate texture of his soul all desire of doing well. The child in despair soon gives over every effort to please, he becomes sullen, morose, stupid, and indifferent to all the motives that can be presented to him, and becomes, to a great extent, indifferent as to what he does--since all that he does meets with the same reception from the parent.- Albert Barnes NT Commentary
Verse 23 - Whatever you do, do it as if you are working for God. Whatever! Either in your day job, volunteering somewhere, running an errand for someone, helping someone else. Anything you do, let it be done as though you have been appointed and instructed by God to do it. If we obey this scripture, we won’t do anything nonchalantly and without excellence. We are ambassadors of Christ and what that means is that everything we do is representative of Christ especially our work. Our earthly bosses may be horrible human beings but our work is under God’s leadership and we are working for him and him alone.
Your only true reward is in heaven. You can get cars, houses, gifts etc here on earth but our inheritance is in heaven so work with that in mind. Don’t lose goodwill on earth and also lose your heavenly inheritance.
God has no favorites! God is not a grandfather, he doesn’t have grandchildren; we are all sons and daughters of the Most High God. Your relationship with him is yours to bother about. No one has God’s ears more than the other person. This has to be emphasized because sometimes, it appears like we feel that God is closer to some people than others or that God takes special care of someone more than you. This is not true! If someone can hear God more clearly, perform more miracles etc. its because they have taken the time to grow deeper in their relationship with God. We all have equal access to God in Christ. Nobody is more or less loved than the next.
Because of God’s impartiality, we can expect the exact same results if we practice the same things. That’s why it is wise to follow the example of good and faithful men who have laid hold of the promise.
servants and masters will stand together before God, be judged by the same law, and be rewarded or punished according to their character and conduct. - Family Bible Notes Commentary