As leaders, our service is really for God… right?
But often times we have a boss, organization, or people that hold us accountable.
The people pleaser in me really struggles with this dynamic.
I want to do a good job. I want to meet and exceed expectations— and we should do both! Sadly, it can be pretty easy for me to lose sight of the ‘why’ behind serving.
I end up serving myself as I try to serve others.
If I’m honest, my motive for serving can often be for affirmation and validation, you know, pats on the back.
In Ephesians 6 Paul addresses this dynamic for us:
“Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.” (Ephesians 6:5-8, emphasis added)
When I am only accountable to the people who see me working, I end up working really hard to impress them and win their favor. (And let’s not talk about what happens when we hang our identity on the approval of others and then fail!)
There is something really freeing about becoming a servant of Christ because we are no longer slaves to the opinions of others.
Paul reminds us that as we serve our “earthly masters” we are really serving Christ. He is the one we are accountable to in the end.
Takeaway: When we focus on being servants of Christ, we are no longer enslaved by the opinion of others.