Main Idea || All “new human” employees & employers will serve each other in the same manner & attitude they would serve God.
CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION:
1. This passage in Ephesians neither condones nor condemns the dehumanizing cultural system of slavery. Does that bother you? (Why or why not?)
2. We who belong to Jesus are to do our jobs with excellence and work with all our hearts & with contrasting attitudes — not as resentful people-pleasers, but as representatives of Jesus who’s rewarded in a future heaven. Would you consider this instruction difficult to execute in your line of work?
3. Have you ever had an authority figure (employer?) who motivated you with sincere respect instead of making threats? What was that (or would be) like?
4. Of all of these descriptions of what our Jesus has done, what’s your favorite?
a. JESUS is our true & better Master and King of all the Universe. He chose
i. to become a slave to set humans free from spitritual slavery
ii. to call his disciples a “friend of God” & wash their smelly/dirty feetto
iii. accept our best effort while overlooking our inadequacies
iv. to demand our work of perfect obedience, knowing we’d fail, and willingly do it himself in our place.How might this passage help you translate & transform all the evil in this world that’s damaging human lives?
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.