How would God (who is in you) treat your wife, your husband, kids, parents, bosses, or employees? And conversely, how would you treat God (who is in them)? We need to
realize that we are treating Christ with our attitudes and actions toward our family members as well as all the members of the human race especially Christ’s body.
Col 3:18Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord 21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. 22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. 4:1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.
Who are you Lord?
I AM the God of love, sincerity, justice, integrity, uprightness, commitment, humility, gentleness, servant hood, encouragement, etc. I desire to reflect these characteristics of mine in you when you deal with other people, these attitudes of mine will exemplify your life when my Spirit is in control. Only when He is, then you will be able to love, submit, obey, with integrity and sincerity and thus exemplify my divine nature in you while you are in this world. Mt 25:37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Vs 24 says “it is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Phrases in the text like “fitting”, “pleases”, “reverence for”, “working for”, “inheritance from”, our “master in heaven” all show that God desires us to let Him be our motive for life, love and service to others. In all these cases we are loving, obeying, treating, and serving the Lord Christ in them.
The list of “rules” mentioned in this passage is not just some list of things to do and not do as much as it is a list for us to know what God is like so we can emulate him in this world. Consequently, it behooves us to know what He is like so we can let His Holy Spirit work the details out in our lives and attitudes.
When we came home to the U.S.A. on our first home assignment from the mission field, my sister told my mom that we were to be welcomed as if Jesus were coming to stay with her. That thought touched my heart, but challenged my thinking to view everyone else as I would Jesus. How do I measure my service to Jesus in others? Not very good unfortunately.
As we interact with others, love them and serve their needs like God loves them, and love them as you would love God. This is one more reason why God designed Christianity to be “impossible to do” in the strength of our own selfish flesh. It requires the Spirit empowering to give without expectation of reciprocation.
More to come,