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Serving God and Self Promotion Don’t Mix

January 7, 2015 by  
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Faithful servants of the LORD never retire. They serve faithfully as long as they are alive. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God. If you are a ‘retired servant of God’ – were you really serving him? There are servants of God, who are over ninety years of age – they are still humbly serving the LORD.

True servants of the LORD don’t promote or call attention to themselves. Instead of acting to impress and dressing for success, they ‘put on the apron of humility to serve each other.’ If they are recognised for their service, they humbly accept it – but don’t allow notoriety to distract them from their work. Paul exposed this kind of service which appears to be spiritual but is really a put-on, a show, an act to get attention. He called it ‘eye-service’ – serving in order to impress people.

Self-promotion and servanthood don’t mix. Real servants don’t serve for the approval and applause of others. They live for an audience of ONE. They are content in serving in the shadows and in obscurity. Paul puts it this way, “If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10. You don’t find real servants in the limelight – in fact, they avoid it as much as possible. The most significant service is often the service that is unseen.

Don’t be discouraged when your service is unnoticed or taken for granted. Keep on serving the LORD. Even what appears to be ‘the smallest service’ to people is noticed and rewarded by God. “Throw yourself into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Whatever they do, servants do it with all their heart. The size of the task is irrelevant. You will never arrive at the state in life where you’re too important to help with menial tasks. The LORD will never exempt you from the mundane. This is the most important curriculum of your character building – doing small tasks.

The LORD Jesus specialised in menial tasks that everyone else tried to avoid. His companions were people of questionable stature and integrity. Other leaders expected him to isolate himself from sinners and tax collectors. Jesus did not. Nothing was beneath him, because he came to serve. No one was less important to him. He understood that the church leaders were just as sinful as a layman on the street. He came to serve and redeem both. No one was therefore more important than the other. No one deserved his grace and mercy more than the other. He did what God has always done throughout the ages –he favoured the rejected, the poor and those less fortunate. He did things that everyone tried to avoid: washed feet, helping children and serving lepers – people considered to be the filthiest and the scum of the world in those days. Jesus served them as well. It wasn’t in spite of his greatness that he did these things, but because of it. We are expected to follow his example. He came to serve. And what a great job he did! I am saved because Christ did not look up – but he came down to my filthy condition, reached out to me.

Author unknown but is a user at MyNews24   Original article can be found here: http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Serving-God-and-self-promotion-dont-mix-20141120

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