Ephesians 6:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 6:7, NIV: Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,

Ephesians 6:7, ESV: rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,

Ephesians 6:7, KJV: With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Ephesians 6:7, NASB: With goodwill render service, as to the Lord, and not to people,

Ephesians 6:7, NLT: Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Ephesians 6:7, CSB: Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to people,

What does Ephesians 6:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul adds additional traits for the servant in this verse and the next. Here, the emphasis is on a person's attitude. The Christian servant must work with a godly attitude regardless of circumstances. Paul set a tremendous example in this area. Though imprisoned, he wrote encouraging letters to believers and shared the gospel while under house arrest. He did not let his bondage keep him from living with a godly attitude and instructed others to do the same.

A godly attitude is much easier when a servant views his or her work as "to the Lord." We are to do all things for the glory of God (Colossians 3:17). With this perspective, we can respond with an attitude and life that honors God and shows love to others in the most difficult contexts.

This is even easier when the one we are serving also takes a godly approach, something Paul will refer to in verse 9. However, regardless of whether our boss is doing right, we as Christians are called to be good examples.