“Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord, Jesus Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
I talked in a previous post about how we sometimes dislike serving because of what we are expected to do; we also often fail to serve because of “who” is doing the asking. Maybe it’s the parent who mistreated you as a child — now they’re elderly and need your help. Maybe it’s the unappreciative and critical boss — quick to call on you to fix a problem, but slow with words of praise. Maybe it’s the needy friend who never seems to have time for you, but expects you to instantly jump to her aid when she calls. Maybe you don’t even like serving the needy–I mean, why weren’t they more responsible in the first place?
It’s a fact. Serving others often means serving those we don’t particularly like or admire. Serving means helping those who are undeserving and even critical. Are we really called to do this?
Well, the short answer is yes.
“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?” Matthew 5:46
The reasoning is this: first of all, we’re not really serving those unlovable people in our lives, we’re serving God. We shouldn’t expect a “reward” for our service in the here and now. That comes later, and it will be amazingly indescribable: eternity with the One who created us. Secondly, those undeserving wretches you don’t want to serve — well the Bible tells us, ” such were some of you.” 1 Corinthians 7:11. The only difference is:
“But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 11
Jesus didn’t save us because we were worthy. He served us and saved us out of love, compassion and mercy. He wants us to follow His example. So, go in peace and serve the Lord!