God must be drawn upon for us to truly understand Scripture. Rejoice, Respond, then Read.
6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
This is simply a further clarification of verse 5. Paul calls us not to just provide lip service to appease those above us, and to gain benefits. Rather, Paul challenges us that we are to obey because God has told us to do this and ultimately it is a part of Christ’s character (respect and obedience). Furthermore we are called to do this WHOLE HEARTEDLY. In verse 5 we saw the phrase “sincerity of heart” referring to these acts of obedience stemming from a changed heart, not just grumbling acts of outward conformity. Now Paul takes it a step further and say do it with your whole heart, and as if you are serving the Lord.
It’s interesting how Paul shows us day to day life can be looked at as formative training and experience serving the Lord. He says we should treat our obedience to those in authority as if we are serving God. Why? Simply put, if we are obeying this command we ARE obeying God. He is telling us to obey those in authority (even slave masters in this case) and if we are doing it we are doing it because God has asked us to. He says that the Lord will reward us of our deeds. Nothing we are doing is for humans to give us praise or acknowledgement. We are living as ambassadors now, speaking only what He would have us speak and representing Him!
His desire is that all men be saved and that all men see the grace of God. SO He has put in place a standard where His followers show respect, obedience, and love so that others will ask, “why are you so respectful even when I make mistakes and get angry?” In which we can respond, “I am working as unto the Lord, honoring man because God reached down into existence and saved me from my sin and then asked me to do this.” We are given opportunity to evangelize through our obedience to God and character that results from it.
Do not take for granted the opportunity granted to you by HOW you act. Our actions close and open evangelistic opportunities.