Service – Your ticket to Divine Surplus
Job 36:11 – If they obey and serve Him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.
Your level of commitment to God’s service determines your level of divine surplus. Every good company takes good care of their staff especially those that perform well and increase the productivity of the establishment. In the same vein those that don’t care or perform poorly will lose out on the available fringe benefits.
From scriptures I have come to understand that God takes high level performance seriously. If you remember the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, when the master of the house returned from his journey he said to the high flyers “well done, good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Lord.” And to the poor performer, the unproductive servant he said, “take from him what he has and give it to the man with five talents and throw him into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
This parable was told by Jesus himself and it is worth taking seriously because not only are we expected to serve, we are also expected to serve with first class attitude and commitment. In my walk with God I have met a number of people that are serving God but they carry out God’s work as if they are working for a non-entity. Their minds are somewhere else and their enthusiasm is not in the assignment. Jonah comes to mind in this regard. He felt the assignment God gave him was not glamorous and the people to whom he was called didn’t deserve his ministry. He almost lost his life and place in the hall of God’s great servants but God gave him a second chance.
So it is important for you to know that service with the right heart and attitude is what will guarantee profitable returns. Where is your heart and what is on your mind when you are carrying out your service in His vineyard? Is your heart on the reward or on ministering to the people that God sent you to? Are you looking for your own satisfaction or God’s satisfaction? All these questions are important for your service to count and bring you blessings.
Always ask yourself this when you are carrying out service for God: will I be satisfied and pay anyone that serves the way I serve? Will I retain and increase the salary of anyone that behaves the way I behave in my company? What feedback am I getting from God and His people that I am serving? With this kind of feedback am I positioning myself for a promotion or demotion?
I have taken all this time to help you ask these questions to let you know that God prizes high and excellent performers and requires high productivity from His people. The Bible even went as far to say that when we work for our employers we should work at it as unto the Lord. What do people in your office think of your performance, character and attitude? You may think it is not important but it is because some of them are the people that God will use to bring blessings into your bosom.
So back to our text again; it is serving God with singleness of heart and aiming to bring satisfaction to Him and to whomsoever He assigns you to serve in your given assignment that raises your profile with man and God. So start to fine tune and upgrade the kind of service you offer to God and His Kingdom.
Personal declaration for the day
Lord I make myself available to You and for Your glory. Today help me to serve you and be a blessing to people. Amen.
Questions for you to reflect on
What service do you currently offer to God and His Kingdom?
How do you feel when you do something for God and help people?