Scripture - Ephesians 6
Observation - Paul encouraged thenEphesian church to work hard, diligently as for the Lord, not just for their bosses. Whether slave or free, God should be our motivation in our work. Later in the chapter, Paul gives us this great illustration of spiritual armor to wear- “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:13-18 NLT
Paul was helping the church be ready for the fight that the devil was putting them through.
Application - It’s easy to forget that our work is a blessing from God. Take some time to thank God for your work- call it a blessing. If you’re extra busy at work, thank God for it and ask for wisdom on how to manage and prioritize the work you have on your plate.
Take a few moments to think and pray through the Armor of God too. Ask God to help you wear each piece that he’s given us.
Prayer - God, thank you for all that you invite me into in this life. Thank you for school/work -thank you for giving me a way to be involved and active in my life. Help me to to excellent as an employee, leader, student, and/or family member. Help me to serve and love other people well. Finally, I realize that the struggles in this life are not against flesh and blood, but against the devil. Help me to wear the Spiritual Armor that you’ve given me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.