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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Serving with Excellence

"That isn't my job." 

"I don't remember reading that in my job description." 

We all have thought or said those two statements above more than once in our lives.  I know I have.  I get so tired of being held responsible for things that "are not my job."  My boss has an ability to continue to stack tasks on top of each other and want me to get to them all "right now."  Eventually, it can become overwhelming unless I either speak up or learn how to handle the work load.  Our secular jobs are not the only place we have to learn how to work the load we are given or to learn the role we play.  We are 'servants' to our employers if we allow ourselves to be. 

There are many ways and roles in which we serve. We are employees and employers; we are husbands and wives; we are mothers and fathers; we are brothers and sisters; we are daughters and sons. Each of these functions has methods of serving. We can choose to serve in each position in such a manner that we are examples of what the Body of Christ should be. OR we can serve in each position in such a manner that we lose our flavor as salt to a world that so desperately needs to see Christ in us.

Romans 12:2: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

We must conduct ourselves in such a manner that is above reproach. We are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God to unbelievers that do not know Him. In some cases, we are their opportunity to see Christ’s love in action. What are we going to show them? What will our example be? Paul told the Philippians:

 Phil 1:27: Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

“Let your conduct be worthy…” We have a responsibility to allow the Lord to work into us the character we are to have (2 Peter 1:5-11). We are to be different than the non-believers or the Christians that do not exhibit the characteristics in 2 Peter Chapter 1. Paul goes on to say in Romans 12:9-21 that we are to behave with love. Of course, there is much more in those scriptures than just that. We are not to do the things the unbelievers do. We are not to lash out in anger. We are not to deliver evil if we are wronged. We are to return good for evil. We are too feed our enemies and to provide a drink if they are thirsty. We are to overcome evil with good.

Paul told the Colossians how to serve with excellence.

Colossians 3:17: And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

I cannot possibly imagine what would happen if each and every one of us that calls ourselves a Christian said and did everything every day as if we were doing and saying everything directly to Jesus Christ. But that is serving with excellence. That is the attitude we need to develop if we are going to be the light and the salt that we are supposed to be.

Matthew 5:13-16: You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.

I am striving every day to be better; to seek the heart of the Father for a hurting world. I want to make myself available to be used by God and to be the example that I must be as a citizen of the Kingdom. I pray that the Lord will show me where I am lacking in character and conduct. I pray that the Lord will open my eyes to those that need help and the love of a Father that cared so much that He sent His Son into this world to be ransom for their souls.

What about you?  Are you serving with excellence?  Are you representing the Kingdom of God with excellence? 

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