I just recently read an encouraging article from a friend concerning the privilege of pastoring a retired missionary couple. You can read the article here. That article and some other conversations at about the same time, prompted me to think again about the great value of God’s servants. Of course, the “official” servants who minister full time in some professional capacity come to mind, but those are not the only servants of God. All those people who labor for the increase of the kingdom of God are His faithful servants. Everyone of those people are valuable. The great truth of Psalm 147 is that God delights in those servants of His that fear Him. How awesome is it that we can bring pleasure to God? We can please Him through our fearful service. On top of that is the incredible gracious faithfulness of God that sees and rewards our pitiful attempts at service. Though we are totally unable to do anything for Him without His help (think of your toddler trying to write “I love you”. They can’t do it without your guiding hand on theirs, and yet their very attempt thrills you.) God still remembers and rewards our efforts for Him. Hebrews 6:10 is a verse filled with comfort and promise to all those who are working for Him, “For God is not unfaithful to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints and do minister.” In the Word we learn several things that God particularly remembers. One of those is our work for Him. The labor we invest in ministering in the church and to fellow believers is labor that God notices. He is not the least bit unrighteous to overlook the work and effort we put into His kingdom. Hebrews 6:12 says, “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Because God is just, remembering our work for Him, and because God is pleasable able, taking delight in those that fear Him, we should be faithful, diligent and enduring in the work. Keep pressing on in whatever ministry God has given to you, He won’t forget it.
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