Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23-24 ESV
This verse is under the heading, in the Bible, Rules for Christian households. This is interesting because before this God goes into how a husband should treat his wife, and how a wife should treat her husband. How Fathers should treat their children and how slaves shall respond to their Masters. A large part of the early church were slaves. There is a book in the New Testament written to a slave owner; Philemon; the epistle carry’s this slave owners name and it is about the slave, Onesimus. It is interesting that today so many Christians are wrapped up in this thing called, ‘Social Justice’, thinking they are doing God’s work, but really only getting wrapped up in the distractions of the devil and his kingdom.
Leader, Jesus is never identified at being at an ‘anti-slavery’ meeting. He never went to a ‘Woman’s Rights’ march. Yet, Jesus was all about setting the captives free and equality for all people, including women. The prophet Isaiah foretold Jesus’ Mission hundreds of years before Jesus’ incarnation. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1) Jesus was a ‘Man on a Mission’. He had a purpose, which He intentionally fulfilled. Jesus knew that He “must be about His Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). The fundamental mission of Christ’s time on earth was to fulfill God’s plan of saving the lost. Jesus said in Luke 19:10: “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus had just been criticized for going to the house of a “sinner.” Jesus responded by affirming His mission was to save people who needed saving. Their reputation for sinfulness was not a reason to avoid them; rather, it was a reason to seek them out.
Conduit, the name Onesimus means “helpful,” “useful,” or “profitable.” It was a common name for slaves in that day. If you read Philemon you can understand, before salvation, Onesimus had been useless or unprofitable to Philemon, but now he had become immensely beneficial to both his master and to Paul. This is the purpose of reading scripture to find ourselves and our situation in this timeless instruction manual. We are to be about the work of our FATHER; God, Abba Daddy. God is God and we are not. Vengeance is Mine; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; for their day of disaster is near, and their doom is coming quickly. (Deuteronomy 32:35) Paul reminds us of this in his letter to the Romans; Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. (Romans 12:19) The book of wisdom reaffirms this as well! Do not say, “I will avenge this evil!” Wait on the LORD, and He will deliver you. Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will repay the man according to his work.” (Proverbs 20:22, 24:29) In the book of the Law, Leviticus, we are given this warning as well: Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against any of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:18) We must remember WHY WE ARE HERE. We are NOT here to make life better on this planet for the lost. We are NOT here so that people will be more comfortable as they are going to HELL. We are here to share the Gospel, to LOVE ON PEOPLE, to SEE A NEED and MEET THAT NEED. We are here to be the hands and feet of our LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST. We are here to do the business of our FATHER! Let it be said about you, what Paul said about Onesimus; Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me. (Philemon 1:11) The ‘you and me’- for a child of God, should be GOD and our brother\sister in need! Get off the world’s agenda and get on GOD’S PURPOSE!