Originally published Monday, 11 November 2013.
As I was journaling earlier this week, this random question popped up. And without a shadow of a doubt, I knew the Lord was giving me the next post. He’s so faithful. So, with that being said, I’ll ask the title question again, “Who Are You Serving Today?” Meaning, who are you actively helping in the world around you?
If you are serving in your church, community, or on a global level already, then I encourage you to keep pressing as you continue to do the work of the Lord. But if you haven’t gotten started serving to some capacity, then I encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and ask Him, “Lord, how can I serve you and your people and where is the need?” Trust me. He’s faithful to answer in His perfect timing.
Some of you reading this today have probably already been getting that nudge in your spirit to do something for the Lord, but maybe you haven’t moved on it yet. Well, if God has clearly told you what to do, then start moving in the right direction! He’ll guide you step by step. Whatever you do, just know that you don’t want to be a slothful servant, because they don’t make the cut!
I’m reminded of the three servants in the Bible. Do you know of this story told by Jesus? It’s found in Matthew 25:14-30 (I strongly recommend that you to read it for yourself). But in a nutshell, there were three servants who were given bags of gold (gifts/talents) to invest while their master was going away on a trip. He gave five bags to one, two bags to another and one bag to the last servant. He divided it up according to their abilities. The servant with the five bags invested well and doubled it! The servant with the two bags went right to work and doubled his money as well. However, the servant with one bag, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money for safekeeping.
Now, when the master returned, he was so excited about what the first two servants had done. They invested well and used what they’d received wisely. They didn’t waste it. And as their reward, they were told, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” BUT…the servant with one bag, and who hid it because of his own ideas and fear that he would lose the money, was told this by his master, “You wicked and lazy (slothful) servant! You think I’m a hard man, do you, harvesting crops I didn’t plant and gathering crops I didn’t cultivate? Well, you should at least have put my money into the bank so I could have some interest.”
He goes on to say, “Take the money from this servant and give it to the one with the ten bags of gold.” Here’s the message to all of us. Jesus goes on to say, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But for those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.” Then he finishes it with this, “Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Are you getting this? No matter where you are with this topic today, you need to be reminded that we need to be about the Father’s business, because time is running out. Our Master, Jesus Christ will return soon, and as His servants we will be asked this question, “What did you do with what you were given?” Don’t be like the slothful servant who hid his talent. Use your gifts that the Lord has given you wisely and for His glory…not for the world. The Bible says in Mark 8:36, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Hell is real. Many don’t like to talk about this reality, but Jesus did.
Do what God is calling you to do and do it enthusiastically. Romans 12:11 says, “Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.” So I’ll ask you again, “Who are you serving today?” If you sing, serve others in song. If you dance, serve others in liturgical dance. If you write, write as the Lord directs your hands. If you’re called to be a voice for the unborn or to save the lost and bring them to repentance…do it! If you're an encourager, helper, leader, trainer, teacher, promoter, entrepreneur...serve to the best of your ability. The point here, is that whatever gifts that God has given you, do it all for the glory of God and with pure motives! Don’t waste what He’s given you. Use it and serve others today. Be a light in the world around you and serve God’s people.
Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s get ready from the Inside Out!
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