Focal Passage: Ephesians 6:5-9
I have a dear friend at our church named, Billy. He has very little formal education and works part-time as a custodian at a local flea market. Billy is not the type of guy who will probably teach Sunday School or be out front in a leadership position.
In fact, he oftentimes shrinks away from large crowds and does very little to draw attention to himself.
Over the past couple of years Billy has taught me more about Ephesians 6:5-7, than any commentary or scholar. The passage says, “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” (ESV).
Not long ago we had a strong storm in our area and Billy was to report to work later that morning.
However, instead of clocking in at the normal time Billy arrived several hours earlier to assess the damage at the Flea Market.
His primary responsibility was to make sure the trash cans were empty and the grounds were picked up.
But on this particular morning, due to the strong wind, one of the port-a-johns had turned over and was without any toilet paper.
Billy cleaned the port-a-john and restored it to an upright position. Next, he went back home, got some of his own toilet paper, drove back to the Flea Market and installed it in the port-a-john. Now, some of you may have a hard time appreciating Billy’s attempts to render service with good will as to the Lord. If that is the case, may I tastefully recommend going to a Flea Market and wait to use the restroom until you get there. Next, pick a port-a-john that has no toilet paper. I’m certain Billy’s selfless act of service will become more creditable.
Are you willing to go the extra mile that others may benefit? Billy did because Christ makes a difference in his life.