The Lifestyle of Servanthood Part 2
It’s always good to be in the place where God wants you to be. Remain a servant and you will reap the harvest. After all, God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love for His name’s sake. Let’s not grow weary in well-doing. You will reap the seeds you have sown into the ministry if you faint not—if you don’t give up, if you don’t quit, and if you don’t cave in.
When you serve, you are of great significance to the kingdom of God. Think about the miracles in the New Testament. Jesus couldn’t have fed the five thousand if He didn’t have a “helps ministry” in place. Look at what happened when everybody was in their place as the body of Christ doing their part: they had so much left over that they had to call other people to help out. Then, look at Peter. He’d fished all night long and hadn’t caught anything; but once he became a minister of helps and allowed Jesus to use his boat, there were so many fish that he couldn’t catch them all. He had to call his partners to help with the overflow. Nothing goes unnoticed or unrewarded.
“Thus saith the Lord; Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears: for your work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy” (Jeremiah 31:16, ESV). What has you in captivity? What has your family bound? Find somebody to serve, find a ministry to plug into; you won’t lack another day in your life because you’ve sown yourself into the ministry! Sometimes money is the easiest thing to sow, but the most significant thing you can do is to sow yourself.
“Give to others, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands—more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you” (Luke 6:38, ERV). We look at “Give and it will be given to you” as if it is only about money; but again, the greatest gift you can give is to make a personal sacrifice of your time and service. Jesus said, “I didn’t come into the world to be served, but I came into the world to serve” (Matthew 20:28). Jesus didn’t have a platform, but God had a platform for Him. Many in the Bible didn’t seek a platform but, because of their humble service, God gave them one through others. Elisha didn’t have a platform, but Elijah had a platform for him. Joseph did not have a platform, but Potiphar had one for him. Silas didn’t have a platform, but his connection to Paul gave him a platform and he fulfilled his destiny! Stephen didn’t have a platform, but serving as a disciple became his platform. Lastly, Ruth did not have a platform, but received one through Naomi. Ruth decided to serve Naomi and said, “Where you go, I’m going; where you lie, I’ll lie; where you die, I will die” (Ruth 1:16). Because she was a servant, she did what needed to be done and received a reward for it.
God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love for His name’s sake when you minister to the saints through serving or through the ministry of helps (Hebrews 6:10). So, my brother or my sister, be steadfast and unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, and knowing that you labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).