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Ephesians 5:22-6:9

https://www.bible.com/bible/116/EPH.5.22-33
https://www.bible.com/bible/116/EPH.6.1-9

Take 2 minutes to relax. Pray and draw your focus to God. Thank God for something that has happened in the past day.

Over the past few months I have been challenged about what I leave as a tip after a meal. I have worked as waiting staff so I understand the value of tips to top up the salary. I tend to think of myself as a logical person – the simple 10% and round up to the nearest convenient denomination has therefore suited me very well. But by using a mathematical rule I am detracting from the person. It would have to be really lousy service for me not to give that amount – it’s almost more of a meal-out tax than a tip. I don’t need to notice the person doing the job. I have been challenged to recognise that the person serving me is not just an employee of the venue but is a person and a child of God. To recognise God in them and ask what can I give them, not what should I give them. To treat them as Christ and not simply to treat them by their position in society. This is something I need to apply more broadly – do I treat people as befitting their role or as Christ. Slave, master, child, parent, partner, bar staff, checkout clerk, doctor, managing director. All Christ.

UP:

Is there anything in the passage that impacts your relationship with God?

IN:

Are there ideas that need to be unpacked and worked through with those close to you?

OUT:

Does the passage challenge you to respond to the world, to practically work out your faith?

https://www.Bible.com/Bible/116/EPH.6.1-9
Posted on 5th July 2017
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