Pastor Brian closed the service on Sunday, October 8 by asking, “Aren’t you glad the worship team showed up this morning?” This was answered by a large round of applause. Then he asked, “Aren’t you glad the folks in kid::life showed up this morning?” This was answered by another large round of applause. Finally he asked, “Aren’t you glad the people who make the coffee showed up early today?” Was it my imagination or did we get an even greater round of applause for that? After our joyous celebration I wondered: Does God applaud anything? Actually, he does.
“At that time each will receive their praise from God.”
Wait, at what time? Paul describes the nature of a true Christ follower in 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 using words like servants of Christ, entrusted, and heart motives. He makes declarations of not caring if other people judge him, then admits he can’t even judge himself: “My conscience is clear but that does not make me innocent. Then he wraps up in recognition of the slow, long, difficult process of moving toward the hope of our future when, “At that time each will receive their praise from God.”
God applauds faithfulness in the long haul.
Verse 2 makes it crystal clear, “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” Not widely successful, highly popular, vastly noticed, or anything other than faithful. We show up and keep showing up. We say yes to something and our yes means yes, not “Yes, unless I get a better offer, or the weather is really nice, or I decide to take the day off because I deserve a break.”
Consider this self-evaluation:
- Am I presently serving at Living Word?
- Am I faithful? Why or why not?
- Do I want to be faithful?
- Will I choose to be faithful?
In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) Jesus contrasts the faithful servant with the wicked-lazy servant, who had a wicked bad problem of living fear-based and self-absorbed. What we see is that the happiness factor multiples with faithfulness: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (verse 23).
The servant hears words of affirmation, realizes he’s done a good job, and that spills over into his master’s happiness. Translation in today’s language: Faithfulness to God makes him happy. When God sees faithfulness he applauds, he cheers, he praises.
Are you showing up? Serving the Lord? Faithfully making a difference? If you said yes to all of the above, then yay God! If you need some help deciding where to serve, check out the link to our present opportunities:
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Let’s serve his purposes with great faithfulness and, together, share in his happiness!