When we think about the subject of Kingdom Service – serving God and actively pursuing His cause – does a slave-master story like that of Cinderella come to mind? Do we have flickers of whips, wires, belts, chains, rods and canes? Perhaps a master standing before his slaves taking roll call.
Like Cinderella, do we perform our services out of duty? Are we big on actions but fall short at heart? Are we dutiful but out of love with the One and the ones we serve?
Dear believer, kingdom service has never been anything like the Cinderella story. It has nothing to do with the slave-master story either. Kingdom service is not something we do to score marks with men and God. On the contrary, kingdom service is the believer’s love-response to God. The moment we realize that God does not need us to serve Him, the easier it would be for us to respond with grace and a sense of privilege while rendering our service to Him and His people from the standpoint of love.
‘…Whoever serves [the congregation] is to do so as one who serves by the strength which God [abundantly] supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified [honored and magnified] through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen’ (1 Pet. 4:11, AMP).
Our service to God and man should begin and end in the glorification of God. Honour-seeking is unrighteous. Self-praise is poisonous.
Serving God and men acceptably is when the motive of our service is drawn from the strength (capacity) that God makes available – not from self. We receive these supplies by faith in God. That is, we trust Him to make available all that we would ever need – the grace, skills, talents, financial resources, virtues – to serve Him and His people.
When Jesus was going to define His service on earth in Jn. 17:4, He uttered the following words: ‘I have glorified You on earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do’ (NKJV).
The discharge of His duties was all about God and the kingdom.
We are serving God IF the above is our mantra and motivation every time we show up to serve.