Our Labor in the Lord

Michael Beck

“Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men” (Ephesians 6:5-7)

A “man-pleaser” is at his best when the eyes of men are upon him. He can’t be counted upon to be faithful and diligent when he’s out of their sight.

A man-pleasing spirit will never last in the service of God. It needs too much validation from men to not get weary in well-doing. There are simply too many times when no one is applauding, combined with times when one’s good is evil spoken of. Paul bluntly put it: “… For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Gal. 1:10)

In whatever job you have to do, will you continue to bring forth quality work, day in and day out? That is doubtful, if you are laboring for men and their approval. Whatever you do, do it for the Lord; do it to one day hear His, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” And know that you will have left behind you on the earth a legacy that glorified God.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.