Theme sentence: Serve in a way that will beautify the Gospel.
Aim sentence: In whatever areas of service we are in we ought to serve to the best of our ability to the glory of God’s name.
What about slavery, Paul?
When Paul addressed slavery, he was not endorsing it; he was helping shepherd people who were trapped in a sin-tainted economic and social system that produced the need for slavery.
Serve well for the sake of God’s name.
For those trapped in slavery, Paul urges them to serve to the best of their ability so that their conduct will help to guard the Gospel before the watching world.
Slaves of Christ
In his earlier letter to the Ephesian church, Paul called them slaves of Christ. And slavery and service to Him is glorious freedom!
This has big implications for all of us. We are all positions of servitude. Either in the home, schools, workplace or society we are under the rule of others. The way we conduct ourselves should beautify the Gospel to those we serve and to those watching.