“This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.” Col. 1:23
It’s not a requirement that servants should serve their master willingly, for to serve is an obligation and services must be done whether they are willing to do it or not.
Being duty-bound may be an important indication of one’s spirituality. This is probably one of the main differences between my wife and me as far as our spirituality is concerned. I tend to do things only when I feel like it, which doesn’t happen all that often; yet Kathy does what needs to be done whether she feels inclined to do them or not. When obligation calls, she always answers, which is not always the case with me.
Which one of the two is the true servant of the Lord? I think the answer to this is rather simple.
I seemed to be more willing to answer to the call of duty when I was a teenager working in a chicken farm than what I am as a minister of the gospel. I guess my job was on the line and I had to do what was required of me to survive. Therefore, for a little less than a year I continued to do the meaningless and mean chores on the farm day and night. Considering the importance and significance of my employment at the moment, why can’t I do the same things as when I was a small farmhand?
The difference is rather simple, really. I was working under an authority who had the right to fire me on the spot then, so I had no option but to work hard. Yet being a minister in a single staff church, I serve more like a lone ranger than anything else. Indeed, I could have done a lot more than I have been doing for years, and I believe I will be held accountable before the judgment throne someday. Isn’t this one of the reasons why I am so eager to retire from church ministry? I simply have not measured up to the calling to which I have been called, and to retire from it appears to be the right decision.
One thing that I do quite well is I have seldom pretended to be what I am not, and what I have written is by no means self-denigration at all; I am merely telling the truth.
By the same token, the apostle was also telling the truth, for he was a duty-bound person who had an impeccable sense of integrity and he would do what he was called to do “in season of out of season.” When he seemed to have run out of places to preach, he decided to take the gospel to Spain; yet I decided to retire when I became too lazy to take the gospel to the unbelievers nearby. I suppose this is the difference between a true servant of God and a hired hand.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 8:01:00 AM