'Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.' Ephesians 6:7 NIV
Here are two great verses: 'Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men' (Ephesians 6:7 NIV); and 'I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you' (John 15:15 NIV). They give a whole new spin to what service is.
When we work to serve God, it becomes more than drudging, low-level service. We're actually part of some of God's plans (we're certainly in on His biggest plan of all - the whole Salvation Plan). And that, in turn, means that Jesus calls us 'friend'.
Hold on a second. Friend. He calls us friend. When we decide to serve Jesus, He doesn't say 'Oh, thanks for that, little minion.' He says 'Bless you, my dear, precious friend.' The One who's worked for forever to save us all calls us friend, and not even because of the meagre amount of good that we (might) get done here on earth. It's purely because, 'Everything that I learned from my Father, I have made known to you' (John 15:15 NIV). So, when we're told to 'Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,' we're actually being told to serve as if we're serving our closest friend, who's given everything He has to allow us to live truly well. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it?
So what now? Do something servant-like for a friend (an earthly one) today. You'll feel the new spin. Your heart will soar.
SoulFood: Hos 1-5; Luke 19:22-40; Ps 116:12-19; Pro 8:10-13