“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”
(Luke 17:7-10 ESV)
“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.” Brother Lawrence
Do you feel invisible? Like you don’t really matter much? Like anybody can do what you do? When those questions rise up in my moments of quiet, I know I need a perspective check.
At a workshop years ago, I was challenged by this statement — “you can judge whether or not you have a servant attitude by your reaction when you are treated like a servant.”
Servants don’t get bouquets of flowers and thunderous applause when the event concludes. Servants are too busy cleaning the mess in the kitchen and picking up the papers others have left on the floor.
Servants don’t get plaques and trophies at the end of the season. Servants have been driving back and forth from practice to games. Servants have been shopping and baking for the fundraisers and games.
Servants don’t get great articles written about the perfection of their home, about their flair for style. Servants are doing laundry and changing the toilet paper roll and washing dishes.
My service must not be based on the publicity of the act or on the importance of the recipient. My service MUST be motivated by my love for my Savior and my desire to have others know Him.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 5:14-16 ESV)