The Parallel

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Ephesians 6:5-7 (NKJV)
Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;
not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men…

As we dwell into the later chapters of the book of Ephesians, it can be clearly seen that apostle Paul gradually shifts his focus from talking about our identity in Christ in the earlier 3 chapters to the practicalities of living out this new-found identity that we have. Today, what we will be looking at is the parallel between authority and humility, as mentioned in the verse earlier about what needs to be done to live out that life for the glory of God, be it slave or free, or in today’s context: employer or employee, student or teacher, shepherd or sheep.

Like I said earlier, I strongly believe that authority and humility are parallels, they run side by side with each other, rendering either incomplete in the absence of the other. Paul wrote in the epistle the list of things we should and should not do with regards to this issue but he ended it by saying ‘as to the Lord”, which means that before all these things can be put into practice with the people around us, we have to make right all these things with God. God’s Word also says that we should ‘work out our salvation with fear and trembling’, very similar to what can be seen in Ephesians 6:5 but many people might not understand what ‘fear and trembling’ actually signify. You see, fear in this context, when translated from the original Greek word, actually means reverence or respect rather than fear. For all of us Christians, we really need to have the revelation of how big and how magnificent our Father is. A lot of times, we do not live out the life God wants us to live in full because we downsize God’s capability and in so doing, restrict Him from pouring forth whatever He wants to give us. When we begin to understand how limitless He is, that’s where true knowledge and wisdom begin and that is where you will start to see God moving in your life. I like to see trembling as a reminder of our own strength and what it can accomplish. We tremble when we are scared or weak, and it really serves as a solemn message that without our God, we are, to say the least, inadequate. It is only in Him and through Him that we are enabled to lead the kind of lives that He wants for us.

Once we know all these things, we are then empowered to honor the authority we have been entrusted with and to serve wholeheartedly in the things God has called us to do. You may be saying now, “I am not in any position of authority” but here I am to tell you that you cannot be more wrong. It is obvious that some have been entrusted with more but at the end of the day, all of us have been given the authority by God to lead our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him. We have to make the conscious decision every day whether to encourage or to put down, to love or to hate and the list simply goes on. And all these do not happen with our own strength, but with the indwelling strength granted to us by His Holy Spirit which came to live inside of us the moment we were born again.

With that knowledge and revelation, we will be put in a far better position to not only receive but to give as He has given us.

Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word that brings us truths which in turn, gives us life, and we know that this happens not only when we know it but when we apply it into our lives as well. Lord, we pray and thank You for all the different places of authority we are in right now, ultimately knowing that each and every one of us has the authority as a believer in Christ to lead our lives the way You want it to be. Father, we ask for Your strength to be upon each one of us, that when we are faced with tough decisions to make and battles between spirit and flesh, we know that You are the One who has already empowered us to lead a successful, blessed and victorious life in You. Thank You for Your presence that follows us wherever we go, we pray that with every passing day we will grow closer and closer to You. Thank You Lord Jesus, in Your Most Mighty Name we pray, Amen.

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