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March 18th, 2018 Col 3:22

                     Daily Devotional <> March 18,2018 <> Sunday

                Whatever you do do, do as to the Lord <> Colossians 3:22

                            Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   From V:22; to the end of this chapter, the Spirit of God addresses bondservants & slaves. It is interesting to see the amount of space devoted in the New Testament to slaves. This is not without significance. It shows that no matter how low a person's social status may be, he can still attain the highest in the Christian life through faithfulness to the Word of God. Perhaps it also reflects the foreknowledge of God that Christian people would occupy places of service rather than positions of authority. For instance, there is very little instructions in the New Testament that refers to rulers of nations, but there is considerable advice for those who devote their lives to the service of others. Slaves in the days of Paul, usually received very little consideration, & doubtless it struck the early Christians as unusual that so much attention was given to them in these letters. But it shows how the grace of God reaches down to men, no matter how menial their position might be. C.H. Mackintosh writes: “The slave is not shut out from the service of God. By simply doing his duty in the sight of God, he can adorn the doctrine & bring glory to God.

   Bondservants are told to obey in all things those who are their masters according to the flesh. There is a gentle reminder here that these masters are only masters according to the flesh. They have another Master who is above all, & who sees all that is done to the lowest of His children. Slaves are not to serve with eye service, as menpleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. (To see a good example of this in the Old Testament, go to Genesis 24:33) Especially when a person is oppressed, it is a temptation to slack off in work when the master in not looking. But the Christian servant will realize that the Master is always looking, & even in his earthly circumstances he may be bitter, but, he will work as to the Lord. In sincerity of heart means that he will have a pure motive <> only to please the Lord.

   The Bible does not overthrow social institutions by revolution. But wherever the Gospel has gone, slavery has been uprooted & eliminated. This does not mean that these instructions are without meaning for us. All this may very well be applied to employee & employer.