Do you desire appreciation? Do you find yourself full of anxiety and frustration when you’ve served people humbly, yet it seems like they’ve completely taken you for granted?
Certainly, if you served in such a way people should be thankful and they should express their appreciation, however, it’s unhealthy and unwise for any of us to crave appreciation from others.
Unfortunately, people are generally consumers and they will often consume your service and move on to the next thing in their lives.
The key is to serve others “as unto the Lord.”
Do your service thoroughly and humbly as if you’re serving God Himself.
If your motive in serving others is so that they will say “thank you,” when they communicate their appreciation to you, you have your reward.
But, if your motive in serving others is “as unto the Lord,” they may say “thank you” or not say it, but either way, there’s a reward for you laid up in heaven.
Man’s approval and appreciation is way overrated, and frankly God’s approval is way under sought.
This devotion was written by Pastor James C. Johnson. These devotionals are being published throughout this pandemic in an effort to further strengthen the faith of our NorthStone church family. Feel free to comment below to offer your feedback about today's devotion.
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