Your Job Description
This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:32
As Christians on our spiritual journey, we are always evaluating what areas in our life can be improved on? Certainly, we all can step into a higher level of understanding and execution of our “job description”. What am I talking about when I say “job description”? Each one of us carries a title, a name that someone else sees us as. Maybe it’s mother or father? It could be husband or wife. It can even be boss or employee. Every position you are currently holding have instructions in the scriptures of how to be the most successful in that role. In today’s scripture, there is an extensive list of position and the direction for success in each of them. The first one is the wife:
So let’s take a look at some of these “job descriptions” and see how we measure up. You will probably be in more than one of these categories to some degree, so this is a good place to start when evaluating where improvements can be made in your everyday life.
Wives – submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Ephesians 5:22, 24
Husbands – love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. Ephesians 5:25-26, 28
Children – obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3
Parents – do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture/training and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
Bondservants (employee) – be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; Ephesians 6:5
Masters (employer)- give your bondservants (employees) what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.” Ephesians 6:9
Child of God (holy and beloved) – speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:19-21
Notice each one of these descriptions does not come “with the exception of” or “You only need to be this way with those who are deserving or have earned it.” Our job is to follow these instructions as closely as possible regardless of how we are treated. It seems the description depends on who we are as a person and not who the person is getting the treatment. The scripture is our manual for living, and following the directions in it opens the door for the LORD to work in your life.
Today, I want to encourage you to identify where you could be “missing” it in your relationship with others. Whether it’s your spouse, parents, children, or boss, decide today that you are going to be the best you can be by following these requirements, regardless of how others are acting. Make the choice today to become the godly person you were designed by your Creator to be.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 5:22 – Ephesians 6:9