How many times have we turned on our television only to see some popular company advertising the promise of service with a smile? But we all know that in most cases, what the company promises is not typically what its representatives deliver. We usually enter a grocery store, department store, or some other service venue only to be greeted by an employee with a less than pleasant attitude accompanied by an expression of irritation rather than the gleaming white smile worn by the employee in the commercial.
As Christians, we should be mindful of the fact that we are a very important group of representatives as well. Not for a popular Fortune 500 company, but for the Kingdom of the Most High God! Therefore our stewardship to Him should be much more than a mere advertisement to the watching world. Instead, we should gladly honor God in our sincere service, with a smile on our faces as well as in our hearts, because we truly delight in doing all that He has called us to do as spokespersons for His Kingdom.
So what does our employee manual, or in this case the Bible say about the manner in which we are to serve? As a noted psalmist and well experienced laborer in Scripture himself, David directs us to serve the Lord with gladness (Ps. 100:2). When we have an attitude of gratitude it is reflected in every single thing that we do and not just by our actions, but with every fiber of who we are we are saying to God, “Father, I delight myself in you, and it is my pleasure to honor you with my time, my tithe, my talents, and all that you have entrusted into my care.”
Scripture also assures us that when we serve the Lord with our whole hearts (Col. 3:22) and without complaint (Phil. 2:14) our Father won’t turn a blind eye to our deeds, instead He rewards us. Though that reward may come in any form the Lord chooses, we should seek to obtain the greatest reward of simply being pleased with pleasing the Father. If we never receive recognition or appreciation from others for the many things we do, we should remain confident in knowing that the One whose opinion matters most has made an eternal note of our diligence and unfeigned service.
It is important that we keep in mind that much like our Christian walk, our service to God has very little to do with us and everything to do with His purpose for our lives and the lives of those that He would use us to impact with the gospel of Christ and bless through our helping hands.
So, the next time you find yourself toiling away for the cause of the Kingdom, remember to count it a blessing, let your heart be glad, and smile like the Master is watching!