“Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” (Ephesians 6:6)
Motivation is so important in our service for God. It will determine the quality of our service. It will determine how consistent the service will be. The right motive will do wonders; the wrong motive can corrupt and ruin. Our verse speaks of both the wrong motive and the right motive.
Wrong motive. “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers.” Three things are said here about service done with the wrong motive. First, place of service. “Eyeservice.” Some will only serve where they are noticed and where it is before a big crowd. They will not serve in obscurity. If your motivation for service is guided by eyeservice, you will greatly limit the places where you will serve God. Second, praise for service. “Menpleasers.” Some serve only if they get the praise of men. The praise of God does not interest them. Such are like the Pharisees who “loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43). This attitude will also limit your service and it will corrupt your service, too; for you will compromise to gain the praise of men. Third, person of service. That is implied; if your motivation is eyeservice and menpleasers, you are serving self. That not only limits your service, but that also disqualifies you from serving God.
Right motive. “Servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” Three things are said about service with the right motive. First, the person of service. “Christ.” It is not self but the Savior that we are to serve. Second, the place of service. “Will of God.” It is the will of God that tells us the where of service (as well as the what and when and how). But the place of eyeservice is determined by the crowd, not by the will of God. Third, purity of service. “From the heart.” Our service for God must be heart service. It must therefore be genuine and pure. Some serve outwardly, but inwardly they are grumbling and complaining. That is not heart service, that is only outward service. God sees the heart and evaluates your service on the attitude of your heart. When your heart is right, your service will be right.