Who are you serving?

Sam Petitfils

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."  I Corinthians 10:31

Remembering who we serve affects how we serve:

"The noted English architect Sir Christopher Wren was supervising the construction of a magnificent cathedral in London.  A journalist thought it would be interesting to interview some of the workers, so he chose three and asked them this question, "What are you doing?"  The first replied, "I'm cutting stone for 10 shillings a day."  The next answered, "I'm putting in 10 hours a day on this job."  But the third said, "I'm helping Sir Christopher Wren construct one of London's greatest cathedrals."

People often serve for similar reasons.  The first person in the illustration above served for money.  He probably thought only of pay day.  As he was laboring on the cathedral, he was counting his shillings, thinking of how he would spend it.  If the budget fell behind and he was asked to work more for less, it would be a deal-breaker for him.

The second individual was a "clock-watcher."  He eyed the clock, would put in his time, then he was "off the clock."  Whe he went home, he wouldn't pay an ounce of attention to how he worked that day, he was going to have fun and entertain himself.  What he did that day or would do tomorrow at the construction site simply did not enter into his thinking.  After all, it wasn't his responsibility.

Finally, the third worker approached it differently.  He caught the vision of building a great cathedral, one built with care, precision, and diligence.  He was concerned about the outcome.  If others did not care about their work, it didn't rub off on him.  He felt privileged to be part of a great undertaking, the construction of one of London's greatest buildings.  He was going to approach his work with the greatest care, and he would give it his all.

The last worker deomonstrated the kind of attitude Sir Christopher Wren was looking for.  And this worker did not want to disappoint him.  But here's an important question:  Who are we serving?

We serve the true and living God, and the only God.  He created heaven and earth, and we owe our very existence to Him.  He sent His one and only Son to die for us, and has promised us life never ending.  If we truly serve God, it will affect the quality of our service.  If we serve because we felt pressured to, or for some sort of earthly reward, our work will suffer.  Knowing who we serve instills in us joy, passion, and a desire to do our very best.  After all, our Lord is worthy of our very best efforts.

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