If you’ve got a job or you help out at church or even just have chores around the house, think about Joshua. Josh served Moses, doing what Moses said but looked only to God for his reward. Your boss may pay you but he doesn’t decide your future; God does that!
So what difference does that make?
It means no job God gives you will ever be beneath you! When you pray ‘God, use me,’ He may well ask you to serve someone else. If you make the mistake of looking to that person for your reward and it doesn’t come, you’ll feel used and resentful. It’s God who sets the rules for you. God’s the one who requires you to honour Him by serving with submission (that means not moaning, groaning, and giving it loads of attitude) and excellence.
He’s the one who calls you to give the best you can. He’s the one who says it’s not okay to always turn up late and grumpy; or wait until your mom has asked you ten times before you get round to taking the garbage out! Remember God rewards us according to our service; not what others think we’re worth.
Sometimes we can be busy and wanting to be praised by people but we are not serving them. Stop striving and get back to serving! Listen, ‘God is not unjust; He will not forget your work…’ (Hebrews 6:10 NIV). Be encouraged; whatever tasks you face today remember that God records and God rewards; that should be enough for you!
‘So Joshua did as Moses had said to him…’ Exodus 17:10 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalms 81:10; Luke 10:41; 11:8, 33, 36; 12:35, 37, 42
Open wide your mouth & I will fill it! You are anxious & troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary! Many has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away!
No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light! If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright! Stay dressed for action & keep your lamps burning! Blessed are those bondservants whom the master finds awake when he comes! Truly, I say to you, he (Jesus) will dress himself for service& have they recline at table, & he will come & serve them! Who then is the faithful & wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes!
Jesus lives to serve! Serve Him today!