There are many wrong ways to look at Christian service. Some people look at it as a burden rather than an act of gratitude joyfully embraced. Others look at it as a way to obligate God to bless them when all of us are at best unprofitable servants. Today’s devotional will help you avoid those traps and get a good balance on service. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Luke 22:27 English Standard Version (ESV)
27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
“I heard of a good Scotch woman, whose style of speech I cannot imitate, but I like the sense of it. Someone said to her, ‘How long have you been a servant of the Lord?’ She said, ‘Nay, nay, but he has been a servant to me, for does he not say, “I am among you as he that serveth”?’ ‘Ah!’ replied the other, ‘that is true; but, still, you have served the Lord.’ ‘Yes,’ answered she, ‘but it is such poor work I have ever done that I do not like to think of having done anything at all for him; and I would rather talk of how long he has been doing something for me, than how long I have been doing anything for him.’”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIII, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1897), p. 366]
April 23, 2016