5 “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.” (Ephesians 6:5–8 (ESV)
Finally, the Apostle Paul wants all employees to understand that when our work here on earth is done, the Lord will recompense, or compensate, the believer for whatever work was done for God’s glory.
John Calvin writes. “What a powerful consolation! However unworthy, however ungrateful or cruel their masters may be, God will accept their (the worker’s) services as rendered to Himself.”
The promise found in Ephesians 6:8 is not only for the well paid employee but also for the individual who does the most menial of tasks. In God’s sight, there is no distinction between the two people groups.
The phrase he will receive back (κομίζω; komizo) means cause to experience or to take care of. In simple terms, it means to be paid back (Matt. 25:27; Eph. 6:8; Col. 3:25; 2 Peter 2:13).
John Calvin concludes by stating, “No distinction is made between a slave and a free man. The world is wont to set little value on the labors of slaves; but God esteems them as highly as the duties of kings. In His estimate, the outward station is thrown aside and each is judged according to the uprightness of his heart.”
Have a blessed day as you serve our Lord well as we serve our employers well.
Soli deo Gloria!