Serving Christ in Different Ways
The bird praises God by singing.
The flower pays its tribute in fragrant incense, as its censer swings in the breeze.
The tree shakes down fruit from its bending boughs.
The stars pour out their silver beams to gladden the earth.
The clouds give their blessing in gentle rain.
Yet all of these fulfill their mission with equal faithfulness!
Such is also the case among Christ’s redeemed servants.
One serves by incessant but loving labor in the home, caring for a large family.
Another serves, by silent example, as a sufferer – patient and uncomplaining.
Another, with his or her pen, sends forth words that inspire, help, cheer, and bless.
Another, by a living voice, uses eloquence to convince men and awaken impulses to better and more meaningful living.
Another serves by the ministry of sweet song.
Another sits in quiet peace at Jesus’ feet, drinking in His spirit; and then shines as a gentle and silent light, or pours out the fragrance of love like a lowly and unconscious flower.
Yet each and all of these may be serving Christ acceptably – hearing, at the close of each day, the whispered words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
What particular service has Jesus called you to do? Perhaps you feel like your work is too menial or meaningless to be regarded as serving Christ. But take heart! As you go about your daily duties that belong to your respective position in life – whether it be that of a mother, a mechanic, or a student – remember that your Master in heaven sees and takes notice of your labor of love!
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to leave your reflections and ask your questions in the Comments section below.
God bless you and your family, this day and always.
All for the King’s glory,
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This post is another installment of Miller’s Monday Musings, a weekly series that is published every Monday on our website. The series features selected writings that have been adapted from the works of James Russell Miller (1840-1912), a much-beloved Christian author and pastor who is well-remembered for his practical thoughts on Christian home and family life. Learn more about this weekly series by clicking here.