Our Service – A Love Offering To God
By Lois J. Stucky
Jesus said, "Take My yoke upon you" (Matt. 11:29). He wants us to be free from the heavy, galling yoke of self-seeking or of heartless duty. He wants us to be linked with Him in serving God cheerfully, humbly and wholeheartedly. Jesus could say, "I delight to do Thy will, O My God" (Psa. 40:8). He wants us to share with Him this same joy (John 15:10-11).
Our service for the Lord may seemingly be the performance of simple, menial tasks. But the heart can be singing and making a melody of love to the Lord all the while. And the mind and hands can be "making melody" at the same time by their careful and diligent attendance to service. When we see someone with a take-it-easy, half-hearted, careless attitude and service, it tells much about what is in the heart. Someone has said, "What a man loves is what you see him placing his whole heart into." Love must give its best.
Many in the world have simply the goal of earning a living and of acquiring that which will be for their pleasure and comfort. They work with an eye on the clock. They speak of their work as the "grind." Or perhaps they have the ambition of building a reputation or of achieving authority, and they drive themselves hard in that direction. How different is the glad, willing service of one whose joy and aim is to please his Beloved and to further His purposes!
When love reigns, it is not "How much can I get?" but "How much can I give?" It is not a getting by with the least but a going the "second mile." "God loveth a cheerful giver" (2 Cor. 9:7), not only of money and possessions, but of himself.
God’s ways are above our own. Sometimes He calls one from cherished plans and preferences of his own to do a work he would not of himself chose. That man in the natural might drive himself on with the whiplash of duty, or grow "sour" or turn back. But in a way that can be better experienced than explained, God gives His grace to the willing, obedient heart so that with a zeal and a zest he presses on in that which God gives him to do. This is a beautiful manifestation of God’s grace in the heart – that the glory shall be His.
One of the joys of working at Herald of His Coming through the years has been to see in operation those who translate the love of God in their hearts into loyal, fervent, glad service with their hands and minds. What a constant inspiration this is! Their work, however small it might seem in the eyes of others, is done with patience (which is "cheerful endurance" Brother Moore often reminded us), with diligence and with faithfulness.
Our eyes might see them wrapping papers hour after hour; or weighing and packaging into envelopes; or reading and answering letters into the late hours; or mopping floors. But when God sees it springing from a heart of love, He sees an offering ascending to Him as sacred as the incense on the altar – an offering of themselves – "a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable" (Rom. 12:1).
It is deep joy to present ourselves to God at the beginning of each day to do His bidding "not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord…" (Eph. 6:6-8).
The Kingly Bridegroom Jesus is soon to come! God wants to perfect the Bride in her love service. He is looking for quality service worthy of the King. Does He find it in you and in me? One cannot help but observe that the workmanship and service of the world are deteriorating in this hour on the whole. Let us guard ourselves that this spirit not infect us as Christians!
Rather, in the spirit of Jesus who said, "I lay down My life…no man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself" (John 10:17-18), let us lay down our lives in selfless service – first to God and then to man. Let us praise the Lord not only with our lips but with the will of an obedient heart and with the work of faithful hands. Please pray for us at Herald of His Coming – that our lives will be ever, only, always for God – and our service wholehearted and acceptable unto Him and all for His glory.