Paul is giving us guidelines on what a Christian home should look like. Instructions to husbands, wives, children, fathers, slaves and masters. I’ve struggled with this text over the years, but I have been assured the intention is not to be a threat but to be a response. If we have loving husbands that don’t treat us harshly (v.19), then we should want to submit to them. This does not mean wives are in bondage to their husbands, we are to respect them.
In all our relationships, we are to be Christ-like. When we treat others as Christ would, the world is a better place. To help us with this, remember each person has been made in the image of God.
The verse I like best from today’s reading is the part about work. When I work as though I am working for the Lord rather than people, I look at my “job” so much differently. That way of thinking has gotten me through a lot of situations, from working a job I didn’t like to doing housework. It’s all in the mindset. Working for the Lord is certainly the most rewarding of jobs, and all jobs can be just that. How much more enjoyable cleaning a bathroom can be when you think of doing it for the Lord, and not just a messy family!
In all things, and at all times, we should be focused on the prize. The prize of living with Jesus forever. As my days get closer to that reality (and really I’m not close, just “closer”), I begin to dream of that day when there will be no more toil or worry, no more questions, no more stress, no more injustice. Only love.
Let’s pray. Father God thank you for the reminder today of how we should live as Christian families. I seek to please you and only you with my actions, my words, and my work. You are the master of my life, and I thank you that I can rely on you and your grace and mercy to see me through. Lift up those around me who are struggling. Help them to feel the comfort and peace only you can provide. In Jesus’ name. Amen.