GOD REWARDS FAITHFUL SERVICE
Trying to live for God can be difficult. Ask Isaiah or Jeremiah or even John the Baptist. They were persecuted, some even killed. Sometimes it seems our words and witness aren’t making any impact. Results can be slim. But often seeds are planted and the results don’t show until much later. Stay faithful anyway. Discouragement, that often-used weapon of Satan, can become a constant companion. God in His mercy does allow us to see glimpses of changes in lives we touch, and that’s great.
Often it seems that no one really understands and appreciates what we do except our mates, and they often have their own struggles to deal with. It’s important to remember that God knows what we strive to do, even if it doesn’t always seem to succeed.
We know in our minds that God just wants us to be faithful in what we do and leave the results to Him. It is His job to change hearts and lives, not ours. We are to faithfully serve, to minister for Him. That’s what He looks at – our faithfulness.
God doesn’t compare us with each other (thankfully!), He just compares us with ourselves. If we are doing our best to faithfully serve Him then He is thrilled with us. God doesn’t evaluate us by the results we produce, but by the faithfulness of our service. After all, the servant with 2 talents received the same “Well done” from the master as the servant with ten! (Matthew 25:21-23)
Anyone can serve God when things seem to be going great, but to faithfully serve when we don’t see the results brings greater pleasure to God and reward to us. Write that on a piece of paper and put it over your desk: “God rewards my faithful service, no matter if there are good results or no results.”
Matthew 25:19-23 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Are you evaluating your effectiveness by the fruit of your ministry?
Are you discouraged with what external outcomes you can observe?
Thank God for not appraising your effectiveness by visible results but by your faithfulness.
Remember those in your own past whose faithful service influenced you (perhaps a thank-you to them would be greatly appreciated by them).
Recommit yourself to faithfully serve Him even when there are no visible results.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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