Do a Servant’s Work

Every position in the church is honorable.  The psalmist David said I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.  It’s good to work in the vineyard of the Lord.  These verses give us the servant’s duty.  If we want to achieve in God’s kingdom we should serve how God places us and as the congregation elects us.

Luke 17:But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

This is so unlike how the world does things.  In the world those with great positions expect people to do for them.  Jesus said his kingdom is not of this world.  The greatest in it are those who serve and require thanks from no one.  It’s good to thank God and help each other.  Thank you is an encouragement and means a lot but this is how God set up the kingdom.  We have a place, a position, in the kingdom.  We should do all we do for the glory of God.  Carnal Christians want to be noticed like the Pharisees did.  Everybody wants to be a hero and that should be a selfless person. However, we see too many perform heroic acts and then want to be recognized and praised for it.  We’re in a spoiled, entitled society.  One of the sins many commit is to do something for God and expect God to praise them.  Praise belongs to God; no one on earth is good enough to be praised.  When the rich young ruler came to Jesus he didn’t even accept the praise offered him.  Jesus told him to give it to God.

God never has to thank us.  We should always thank him for the privilege to serve him.  Always, always be thankful to the Lord and do the work of a servant.

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