I don't know what your week holds, but as you step back into your normal routine after a day of worship and rest, here is a quick cheat sheet reminder of what God requires of us in our daily life...
"Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives and don’t be bitter toward them.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so they won’t become discouraged.
Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord.
Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism." (Colossians 3:18-15)
The apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit gives instruction to everybody in this brief passage. He seems to be telling us to do the things we would not naturally do in the flesh, but things that we can and should do in the spirit. Here's what he didn't say...
"Wives, follow your dream as you see fit.
Husbands, bring your work home with you and take out your frustration on your wives.
Children, find your own way and do whatever pleases yourself.
Fathers, set the bar so high for your children that they are constantly missing it.
Slaves, run away. Fight "the man." Get what's yours. Hate the person over you because they have more money and power than you.
Only do the work that is fulfilling to you. If you don't make as much money as you think you are worth, quit, or make it difficult for those around you. When all else fails, whine and complain on social media. Eventually the other guy will pay, because we live in a world of injustice, but someday you will be on top."
This is how most people today want to read that passage. Our culture does not want wives who submit to husbands, husbands who are kind to their wives, children who are obedient to their parents, fathers who are fair and faithful, slaves, or others who are accountable to people over them, or in general to be answerable to others, and ultimately to God.
But see, the world didn't write God's Word... so they don't get to make it up on the fly. You have now heard the truth. So whatever you are up to today... you are not your own. So live in accountability to God and other humans. You will be glad you did. Trust God to 'take care of' that person or organization that is doing wrong. But as for yourself, be faithful in the role God placed you. Otherwise, you will be one of those people God has to 'take care of.'
My name is David, and I want to know God more, and help other people find Him.