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Ephesians 5:22-6:9


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.


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


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


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

Posted on 5th July 2017
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