As the Internet has grown and changed, so has the face of various ministries. Traditional preaching has always been and always will be God’s primary method for reaching the unbeliever. However, the Lord has made other tools available to us so that we may reach the masses. In the Apostle Paul’s day, one had to travel from town to town to spread the Gospel. The preachers were restricted to literally speaking face-to-face with others or sending letters. As technology evolved, people could easily spread the Word of God through print. One person could take the message of salvation to a town or region. Still, travel was required. During the twentieth century, we watched as technology gave us radio and then television. Both are excellent mediums to reach vast numbers of people, but both are exceedingly expensive. Today, we are truly in a magnificent age – an age where millions of people can be reached with the Gospel of Christ for very little, if any, cost. Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, we can give the message of the Gospel of Christ to anyone, almost anywhere in the world. The cost: very little more than the effort required to create the message. We hope you will spend some time here. Get to know us and let us get to know you.
1 Timothy 6:1-2 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
As we saw in the last devotion, we are to serve our masters as though we work for the Lord, whether they are saved or not. But what if we have a master who is saved? Paul is instructing us that we should honor our masters even if they are saved. Even when a brother is over us as a master, we must still treat him as a brother. We must remember that we are joint-heirs with Christ and respect them accordingly.
1 Timothy 6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
Sadly, as we walk through our lives, we have many different masters, we serve many different people. Children are under the control of their parents. As students, we have teachers. as employees, we have supervisors. As believers, Christ and His under-shepherd (the Pastor) instruct us. As debtors, we are servant to those we owe. With so many different people telling us to do this or that, it is easy to become resentful. It is easy to believe there is no room for one to even make little decisions for himself. However, we must remember that our masters are not the ones around us. Our master is the Lord. Moreover, He is not a master whose leadership is at the end of a whip. Our Lord, Jesus, is one whose leadership is purchased in love. We must remember that when we serve our earthly masters, it is representative of our service to our Heavenly Master. We must serve those around us as we would (or should) serve the Lord.