KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.
We continue with our study on conditions for acceptable service that brings corresponding rewards.
- Serving diligently: Diligence is a sign that one is committed to a course. Diligent service would always attracts God’s approval. According to 1st Corinthians 3:8 “…..every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour”. It is what you do and how you do it that determines your output. Proverbs 1:24 says ” the hand of the diligent shall beer rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute”. Diligence is not just actions but an attitude. It proceeds from the honour one places on God that makes him or her to give his best. Diligence does not ignore details. It is the simple details that one attends to that always make every work stand out. He is always prompt to duties and appointments. The diligent always seeks to go through his assignments with excellence and does not stop midway. Jesus said “…My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish it.”
You would be rewarded for your diligence.
- Do it sacrificially: God delights in sacrifices. Why was the offering of Cain despised and that of Abel chosen or accepted? (Genesis 4:1-8). Abel brought the first and the best, and Cain just took anything from the field. The man that sows sparingly, reaps sparingly and he that sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. (2nd Corinthians 9:6). Your level of sacrifice would determine your rewards. Sacrifice is always the secret to multiplication. When a seed is not planted it abides alone, but if it is planted it dies but grows into fruition and a harvest. There is nothing extraordinary by itself, it is man’s extraordinary input that makes a thing extraordinary. Doing your best equal diligence, going beyond your best is sacrifice. The boy who gave his lunch to the master to feed the multitudes went home with a basket full of fishes and loaves. (Matthew 14:21).Sacrifice always moves God to come in with amazing rewards. He did it for Abraham, Solomon, and Noah. You are the next.
Heavenly Father, thank you for opening my eyes to these timeless conditions of service. As I commit myself to observing these roles let my service bless many lives in Jesus name.
Exodus 23:25-26 “And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.”
Psalms 126:6 “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”