"Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free."- Ephesians 6:5-8
So school is back for most of us again and that brings with it the problem of submission. Submitting work and projects on time, sure, but I'm talking about submission to authority.
Fun stuff, right? Well. No, actually, it's not so fun sometimes. But it's important.
Here in Ephesians, Paul is talking to servants who basically were indentured slaves. Look up the Greek word "doulos," since you're on the internet. Looked it up? Doesn't sound great, huh?
Kinda gives some perspective of what Paul is saying here. He's telling slaves to submit to the authority of their masters and moreover, to work for them as if they were doing the work for God himself directly. Because in a way, they are. They're displaying obedience to God and their earthly masters, which in itself is a message to them about Christ.
"Why's that matter?" You may be asking, "I'm not a slave to school, or just feels like it."
You're right, you more than likely are allowed to leave school at your own free will after school and on weekends and breaks. But you still have people in authority who give you work to do, and how you do it reflects what's inside your heart. Do you do your homework with complaining and indignation, "This is so stupid, why do they even make me do this!?" Or do you complete it with humility and patience like you're doing it for God?
It's important to be obedient to the authorities God has set above us-whether that's at work or school- in order to set an example to the world of the works Christ has done in us.
"Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. "- Colossians 3:22-24
Remember when you're struggling with submitting to authority, wherever you may be, that even if it's not very rewarding now, there is a greater reward for serving God in our obedience.
Love you guys!