It is seen. It is noticed.
And it will be rewarded.
All of it.
Happy Labor Day!
Today we honor all those who have served our country.
Several years ago, I read this quote, “A veteran is someone who, at some point, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including his or her life.”
We as believers could learn much from their example.
Their surrender of their own agenda.
Their support of each other.
Their sacrifices, both small and great, on behalf of others.
May God bless the veterans for their service and their example.
"God is not so unjust as to overlook your work, and the love that you showed for His sake in serving the saints, as you still do." Hebrews 6:10 ESV
It counts. All those little things you do. The things you think don't matter. The things that go unnoticed. God sees them. Every single one.
It all counts. Keep it up.
In Colossians 4:17, Paul sends a message to a young man, Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it." That's a tremendous charge, worth a closer look.
Take heed– From the Greek, it means voluntarily giving careful attention to. Paul's tone is one of encouragement.
Ministry– This is the word deacon comes from and carries an idea of waiting tables. We tend to think "ministry" is only for preachers or other big-shot Christians, but any of us can serve others and attend to their needs.
Received– This one means to "to take near". On a recent trip to a theme park, I received some money for one of the kids. (His parents were afraid he might lose it.) I kept it close to me in a pocket, protecting it, acting as a steward for the money, parceling it out as the boy had need of it.
Fulfill– This is an interesting word and several of the usages carry the idea of filling in what's empty, whether it's a hole or a net or an empty house. Don't leave anything out or undone.
To paraphrase- When you accepted Christ, you agreed to serve Him as needed. Don't you see what a tremendous role you've been entrusted with? Run with it!
Sometimes, in our way of thinking, being a servant is not such a great draw. But if someone we love asks for a favor, we deliver without hesitation. Maybe that was the issue for Archippus. We know from the letter to Philemon, that he was the son of a comfortably wealthy man. Maybe the transition from having servants to being a servant was a little difficult.
Paul said back in chapter 3: "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ." Ultimately, all our service is to Christ, not the individuals who receive the immediate benefits.
What is your ministry? Are you fulfilling it?
I got some interesting information in an email a week or so ago…
To qualify for guard duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C., a soldier commits to 2 years to guard the tomb, living in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol, or swear in public for the rest of his life.
Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty, ensuring there are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform.
The first six months of duty, a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV. All off-duty time is spent studying the notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930, even through Hurricane Isabelle in 2003.
All to serve a fallen comrade they’ve never met.
We say we serve our Savior…
The fallen soldiers deserve our thanks and our honor for their sacrifice.
How much more should we honor Jesus Christ?
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