"With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free."
There is great joy in serving others, at first. Over time, it is easy for people being served to become irritated and demanding. Both we (the servers) and the people being served begin to set up EXPECTATIONS. While the people we are serving may not be greedy and self-centered, they may begin to set parameters and new expectations on our service. This can quickly lead to conflict and the feeling that we are being used.
Another problem that can occur in ministering to others is that we begin to have growing expectations. Typically one of those expectations we want fulfilled is gratitude. We expect others to display great expressions of their gratitude for what we have done for them. But often, the people being served share very little gratitude and thankfulness. As a result of these ”expectations,” tension is born in our souls and minds. They want more, and we want them to show gratitude.
What we must remember is that WE ARE SERVING GOD. Our focus must be on Jesus. If we are absorbed in our relationship with Him and understand His Word, we will be more concerned with putting the truth into practice in everyday life then with the accolades of men.
We don’t serve men; we serve God. Look to Him for gratitude, encouragement, strength, wisdom, joy of heart and the blessings associated with being His hand of love, care, sustaining grace, mercy, power, and relief. It is God that loves the world and desires that the whole world know of His love and sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead.
What a blessing and joy it is to be His Hand to give a cup of cold water in His name. How much more He is blessed when we give a meal, shoes, love, care and support for the hurting. It is our joy to enter into the “fields of the fatherless” and into the lives of those who are starving and without a place to call home, and to minister to them by giving, sharing, investing, caring and providing.
Remember... we serve God when we are serving others... Matthew 10:42