– by Joan Brown
“Share each other’s burdens and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” – Galatians 6:2-5
It’s good to be thanked for a job well done and to thank others when we see a job done well. However our motives when working or serving should not be to receive recognition or praise.
These verses challenge us about not feeling TOO important help someone (v3) and about doing whatever job the Lord has given us, to the best of our ability, so that we get an INNER satisfaction (v3).
We will harvest what we plant (v7) and in doing good we will receive a Harvest of Blessing (v9). God can fill our hearts and lives with his love, joy and peace whilst serving.
Recently in my daily readings I read about being open to a servant “Ministry of Helpfulness” and just loved that phrase.
Lets see if during Lent ( and afterwards ) we can explore this ministry together.