6 Children, obey your parents as believers in the Lord. Obey them because it’s the right thing to do. 2 Scripture says, “Honor your father and mother.” That is the first commandment that has a promise. 3 “Then things will go well with you. You will live a long time on the earth.” (Deuteronomy 5:16) 4 Fathers, don’t make your children angry. Instead, instruct them and teach them the ways of the Lord as you raise them. 5 Slaves, obey your masters here on earth. Respect them and honor them with a heart that is true. Obey them just as you would obey Christ. 6 Don’t obey them only to please them when they are watching. Do it because you are slaves of Christ. Be sure your heart does what God wants. 7 Serve your masters with all your heart. Work as serving the Lord and not as serving people. 8 You know that the Lord will give each person a reward. He will give to them in keeping with the good they do. It doesn’t matter whether they are a slave or not. 9 Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. When you warn them, don’t be too hard on them. You know that the God who is their Master and yours is in heaven. And he treats everyone the same.
To me these verses speak of integrity & value. Like many people, I have had jobs, relationships & experiences where I have felt undervalued or like no matter how hard I tried, my efforts were just not good enough. I think we have all had feelings like this at some time or another.
What speaks to me most from this passage is that God always sees us. He values our hearts and our actions when we live as He wants us to, as mentioned in verse 6. This is an encouragement but also serves as an instruction. God sees everything, and wants us to live as if we are serving Him in every situation. When our workplace is less than positive, or we can get away with taking the easy road, God sees us. When we have the option to put ourselves before others in our relationships, God sees us. I am grateful that God sees me, that I am of value to Him, regardless of what others think or how well I can perform. However I want to be the sort of person who has the same character & makes the God-honouring choice even if others don’t see or know the difference.
Thank you God that you see us and know us, and that we are inherently valuable to you. Help us God to see every situation as an opportunity to serve you and to put you first, that we would be people not only of value but also of integrity. Amen.
Written by Madelaine Tarasenko