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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
It is a blessing to work with Christian employers. Sadly, many of the Filipino workers resist their employer’s invitation to hear God’s Word.
We thank the Lord that a number of those who came to know Christ through our fellowship are partly because of the influence of their Christian employers. They are introduced to us and when they come and hear the gospel they believe and confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. This is God’s prior arrangement. This should not be taken for granted. God deserves to be given the praise and glory for His plan in bringing souls into His own Kingdom.
Together with this great privilege, however, is the accompanying responsibility. Having been transformed as new creatures in Christ, we have obligations to perform as our proper response. The Bible says, “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: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” (Ephesians 6:5–8). This is a command for employees to be obedient to their employers. This is for all, whether Christians or non-Christians, but I believe more so towards Christian employers.
Obedience here is demanded from all servants and directed towards their own masters. Not one servant is exempted. All must obey, whether one is older or experienced than the master. Servants must obey with “fear and trembling.” Obedience is accompanied with due reverence and acknowledging of the employer’s authority over the employee. The Apostle Paul tells the servants to “obey in all things your masters according to the flesh” (Colossians 3:22a). Obedience is not selective of the work assigned. Whether it is difficult or not, servants must obey “in all things!&rdquo
Obedience is described as “unto Christ.” Singleness of the heart means a focused service which is not with selfish motives but to please only the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, obedience to the master is total because it is like obeying Christ Himself. At the very beginning, it is established that the One who assigned them to their respective employers is God Himself. Obedience is in submission to His holy and perfect will that they should be serving for particular employers assigned by God for them to serve. Faithful service for the employer is equivalent to faithful service unto God. So when they serve, it is not “with eyeservice,” meaning one is only active and working diligently when the employer is watching, but even if employers are not around to oversee, they must work hard to live out the Christ-like attitude, not to boast, but to be role models of what a born-again child of God is! “Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things (Titus 2:9–10)
Obedience is derived from the heart. It is not for the reason of getting favor, promotion, bonuses and others. It must be driven by a deeper devotion and love for the Lord. It is the Christian servants’ knowledge that someday they are to appear before the judgment seat of Christ. So that whatsoever they do even as His blood-bought children will receive the recompense from the Lord. Paul added in Colossians 3:23–25, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”
For some who have a great privilege from God to work under Christian employers, we have also an equally great responsibility to serve as Christian employees. We must do our utmost to serve them with respect and honour, being the authority God appointed over us. Our service must be the kind of work we do before the Lord our God. It is therefore with clean hands and pure hearts! We serve not for monetary reward or material favours but looking forward to that eternal consequence ahead of us, knowing that we have to come before our Lord face to face. The Apostle Paul’s letter for young Timothy sums up my appeal, “Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort” (1 Timothy 6:1–2). – Bro Jose
Personal Testimony of Salvation – Garzon Marynil Robles
I was raised in a family of a Roman Catholic belief. I became interested in the Gospel of God after graduation from Secondary school. I had the opportunity to serve God, although through a charismatic church in Manila. My faith in God grew stronger.
For five years in Manila, I had many opportunities. One of these was to proceed with my studies in one of the colleges in the capital city. However, I rejected it and instead I decided to go home to Mindanao to pursue my studies there. But the influence of my friends caused my faith in Him to become weaker and weaker. To add to that, my brother stopped sending money to me for my studies. I found myself very upset, until I decided to stop schooling and desired work abroad.
I first went to Kuwait and worked there 5 years ago, but I had traumatic experiences with my employer. Twice he attempted to rape me, but thank God he failed. God is great! He protected me!
After my contract in Kuwait ended, I went to Dubai (United Arab Emirates, UAE) because my sister was there. However, my life there was not easy as I thought it would be. I had lots of problems especially with my co-workers. Every night I asked God to help me and comfort me. I asked Him to prolong my patience because there were times I wanted to blow up and I did not want to hurt anyone. Suddenly, I remembered a verse from the Bible that made me stronger, Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Indeed, God answered my prayers after 6 months of working there, finally, my employer allowed me to go home.
When I was back home, I felt bored without work. So I decided to go back to work abroad. I applied for Singapore and upon arriving here, spent 5 days in the house of my agents. They are Christians and religious. I prayed to God to give me a good Christian employer like them. I promised to God that I would always be near to Him. God answered my prayers for He gave me good Christian employers (Mr and Mrs Ian and Ee Jia Goh). I am so blessed that God is always with me and I know He loves me. In fact, the first thing that I received from my employer was a Bible. I am grateful because they give me the privilege of going to church and attending the Filipino Bible Fellowship every Sunday, to learn more about Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour.
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