Serving God; May 24, 2018

Matthew 24:45-46 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.”

We aren’t saved by God just to sit around and do nothing. Everyone has a different job, but there is no one who doesn’t have a place in God’s economy. The kingdom of God isn’t a welfare state! Far too many Christians are stuck in receiving mode, forgetting that God has stuff for them to do with what He gives them. We use the term, pew warmers, but some don’t even do that very often! We rightly talk about the grace of God, and works-based religion is futile. However, God has work for each of His children, and we are far better off in every way when we recognize that and apply ourselves to do His will. (Ephesians 2:10) Several years ago on a visit to the US we were able to visit an aunt of mine. Past 90, she was in a nursing home, blind and largely bedridden. As we talked, she said repeatedly that she didn’t know why the Lord didn’t take her home, because she couldn’t do anything. In the course of the conversation she told us about one of her grandsons who had come very close to divorce, but she had prayed for him and his wife and the relationship had been healed. I told her, “Aunt Saxon, that’s why God still has you here! You may be blind and bedridden, but you can pray, and do so with far less distractions than the vast majority of people. You are a warrior for God!” I think she was comforted by that, and I’m sure that when the Lord did take her home, she got lots of confirmation and affirmation for all she had done, even when she wasn’t thinking of it in terms of serving God.

Of course this applies to me, as it does to everyone. As a pastor, I am indeed in the position of “giving food at the proper time.” I am to be careful that I follow the plan of the Master Dietician, not just giving out snacks but making sure it’s balanced. When the menu is meat, I need to make it as tender as possible, so that immature believers won’t choke on it, but I’m not to avoid meat out of a fear of their choking. I’ve got to be careful the ingredients are pure, and not contaminated by the lies of the enemy. I’m also not to get stuck on my own favorite dishes, but give the flock the variety they need. If I will do that, I too will grow as God intends. I need to help the believers understand that those receiving the food are also servants of the Master, even though they don’t have the same job I do. We all want God’s accolade when our time here is up!

Father, thank You for being faithful, even when my faithfulness leaves a lot to be desired. (2 Timothy 2:13) Thank You for carrying us through to this, our 49th wedding anniversary. Help me indeed give Cathy what she needs at the proper time, since she is Your servant just as I am. May we fulfill all of Your purposes for us, separately and together, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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