It may seem odd to us that the bible condone with slavery. Slavery is allowed in the Old Testament. Slavery was common during those days. Before a king was appointed, Samuel warned the people that some of their people will be slaves to serve the king in different ways such as soldiers, cooks, bakers, weapon maker and etc. The conquering of a city often produce slaves.
The New Testament did not encourage people to be slave but it emphasizes on a good relationship between the master and slaves. In the New Testament, slaves are encouraged to be obedient to the masters. Likewise, masters are to treat the slaves like a brother in the church since they have new identities in Christ. Jesus taught that we must serve one another with with love. We are to bear each other’s burden and help people when a need arise. We should not be proud but always be humble. Christians in high positions should not look down on Christians in low positions.
Jesus washed the feet of his disciples to demonstrate that they also must humble themselves and serve other just like he did. At that time, the washing of feet is the job of slaves. Even pastors, deacons and elders in the church are expected to serve the followers by caring for their needs instead of letting other people serve them.
It is very common for pastors to be served by other members of the church. However, God wants pastors to humble themselves and serve others too. This is what Jesus mean when he said that the least will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven but the greatest will be the least in the kingdom of heaven. Nothing should be done in selfish conceit but we are to submit to one another in reverence to God.
Today, people usually don’t keep slaves anymore but they hire servants instead. Servants should not be lazy but do their chores wholeheartedly like they are serving God. Masters are not cheat their servants by paying lower wages and overloading them with work. Masters are to treat their servants properly with respect. This is because everyone will have to give an account of their work to God on the judgment day. Jesus said he came not to be served but to serve others. When Jesus Christ was on earth, he serve others. We should imitate Jesus and serve others in his love too. If you serve others in faith and love, you will be rewarded in heaven.
The parable of the sheep and goat divides two group of Christians. The first group care for the needs of other so they are seen as taking care the need of Jesus. The second group did not care for the needs of others so they are seen as not taking care of the need of Jesus. As Christian, you must love one another and consider others’ needs first in all that you do.
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 (Ephesians 6:5 KJV)
Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 4:1 KJV)
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 KJV)
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. (1 Peter 2:18 KJV)
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 KJV)
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:31-46 KJV)