Service or Servant?

Saturday,  Oct. 8                       

If you’re a typical Christian, you are concerned with reaching out to people who need Christ.  Like me, you will also feel that you are doing too little in that arena.  You have probably made  involuntary adjustments, mental or psychological defenses that did not involve making rational decisions.  You also might have made rational decisions, maybe being repentant, seeking forgiveness, maybe making excuses, maybe making vows to do better, maybe just trying to ignore the problem.  All these voluntary or involuntary defenses reveal that we are more focused on service than we are on the One we serve.  Warren Wiersbe touches on this in his book “On Being a Servant of God.”  “God is as concerned about the servant as He is the service.”  I don’t normally disagree with Warren Wiersbe, but I would like to make a minor adjustment to his statement.  “God is more concerned about the servant than He is the service.”  Why is it that we feel guilty about what we do or don’t do, but don’t even think about how much we love God?  Our relationship to God is far more important to Him than our service.  God has multitudes of angels to serve Him.  And if He needed more, He would simply create more.  Neither is He limited in getting involved in human affairs.  Remember how he met Saul on the road to Damascus?  He doesn’t really need us for what we can do.  So don’t flagellate yourself for poor service.  A word of caution here.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying that we should not serve Him or that it’s OK to be a poor servant.  God wants us to serve, and He wants us to serve well.  But that’s not the primary issue.  He gives us work to do and then gives us all the tools to get the job done.  But His purpose is to reward us for that service, which deepens and enriches the love relationship.  The difference is what it is that motivates us.  Do we serve out of obligation or do we serve because we love God?   If the latter, we will be better servants.

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