. . . Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working . . . Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.” ~John 5:17, 19-21
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” ~John 14:12
We know that God rewards those who are faithful. Yet we don’t always realize how to become faith-filled so we will be faith-full. It’s easy to think that being faithful means that we work without ever stopping. We make strong commitments, and we follow through to do what we said we would do. In this way we may think that persevering in compassionate service means that we remain on-call to everyone who might need something we can do or give. But that is not what it means to be faith-full.
God’s Word tells us that faith comes from hearing, believing, doing according to His Word (see Romans 10:8-13, 17; James 1:22-25). Furthermore, a faithful person in God’s eyes is one who keeps looking to Jesus no matter what circumstances look like (Hebrews 12:1-3).
Being a faithful servant of Christ means, therefore, that we live in Christ; Christ lives through us by His Spirit as we serve. We saturate our minds and hearts in His Word so we will think like Him and desire what He desires. That requires that we slow down our activity sometimes so we can take time to listen to Him and to tell Him our questions and concerns, asking for His wisdom rather than relying on the world’s strategies or keeping pace with everyone else. Sometimes His heart will compel us to work extra or to give beyond expectation as well, but He always provides time to rest and be renewed in His presence if we will listen and obey, trusting His timing for everything.
May we seek His kingdom first more than we desire to make a name for ourselves by doing everything for everyone. May we find His presence our sweetest reward and deepest rest at all times.
--Lisa Lehman, Thailand
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are our example of a Servant who truly put everyone’s needs ahead of Your own interests, and You gave everything. Yet even You said You could do nothing on Your own, but only what the Father showed You. Then You told us we can do nothing of lasting eternal value unless we remain in You and Your words remain in us. We are so driven to achieve, to serve, to do. Have mercy on us, Lord! Help us to learn the value of remaining in You, Your Spirit as Your life in us. Help us to learn the rhythm and pace of Your Spirit breath, so we can keep in-step with You, not running ahead or lagging behind. We long to serve You with our whole hearts, for every day we have breath. Fill in the gaps of our service to bring all glory to Your name, we pray. Amen