When was the last time you spoke of your devotion to God? Is it something that you and I as believers take for granted? In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul used the example of slaves and masters to illustrate the devotion we need in serving Christ. This would have been very familiar to the early Christians as it was common practice during Roman times and many of them were slaves not free men. Ephesians 6:5-8 “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
Paul uses several ‘heart’ words in describing how are to treat others whether they be in authority over us or working alongside us. We are to serve with sincerity of heart. False or fake love for others will not show devotion and love of God to them. We need to work in serving others to fulfill God’s desires not our own. We have to work and act from our whole heart not just a portion reserved for showing God’s love. Paul is describing pure devotion to God that is shown in our heart attitude and our willingness to serve Him. God wants us loving the world regardless of where we find ourselves. This is a tall order that can only be accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit living within us. Jesus can make all things possible. We need to walk each day in His love with a sincere, devoted heart for the world to see.
May you experience God’s love and power as you strive to be devoted to Him with your heart.