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“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! Matthew 25: 23 NIV
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NIV
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matthew 6:1 NIV
A true heart of service is one that serves with the right motives. We will have to give an account before God for all we have done – good and bad. If our good works are done with wrong motives, how can they still be counted as good? God sees all. He sees right into our hearts. God’s Word keeps us accountable. If we are to maintain the right heart with pure motives, as we serve, we must remain in the Word. We must wash and renew our minds in it daily. The Word of God acts as a mirror. It helps us to see our wrong attitudes and motives. The Word is sharper than a double-edged sword. So it can separate our real feelings from who we pretend to be when others are watching. The Word helps us to stay pure and authentic. It helps us to be real with ourselves about what’s going on in our hearts. Then we’ll be open to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.
In Matthew 6, Jesus spent time teaching about the right heart for service. God is not pleased when we do good to be seen and praised by others. If we are serving with right motives, we will do our good works ‘quietly’, not seeking to be rewarded by others. The right heart is satisfied with knowing that God sees what we do and will reward us accordingly. It’s important to remember that we should do everything for an audience of One. God is the only One we should seek to please. When we live this way, it keeps us from seeking approval from others. We’re not crushed if we aren’t praised or recognized for the good we’ve done. The truth is that any good we’ve done is because of Christ living in us, moving us to do good by the power of the Holy Spirit. So He is the only One truly worthy of praise. The Bible tells us that God doesn’t judge the way we do. People look at outward appearances. We often judge each other by what we can see. But God looks at and judges us by our hearts.
Service isn’t a part-time thing. It’s borne of a consistent heart posture that translates into action. It’s a constant dying to self and yielding to God. Filled with gratitude for God’s grace, we are moved to show the same grace to others in service. True servants are faithful. Faithfulness cannot be maintained in our own strength. It is the fruit of the Spirit. As we renew our minds daily in the Word and spend time in prayer, the Holy Spirit works in us the fruit of faithfulness.
Faithfulness goes hand in hand with real love. The decision love. Not the feeling love. The love that endures through hard times. God promises to entrust us with more as we are faithful in little. So don’t despise small beginnings. Don’t shy away from doing seemingly small tasks in serving others. Remain faithful. Do it as worship to God. Know that He sees. Be ok without praise from people. You will be rewarded in due season.
Pray this prayer with me:
Lord, help me to have the heart of a faithful and good servant. Remove from me a desire to impress others. I live only to please You, Lord. You value me, accept me and love me. That is more than enough. May Your Word be rooted in my heart to bear the fruit of faithfulness as I serve others for Your glory. In Jesus name, Amen.
Love & Blessings,