Serving for the Right Reasons
1. Has there ever been a time when you thought, "Why do I do what I do? Why do I serve, why do I work, why do I burn myself out for these people, for my family, for my church, or for my boss? No one seems to care; I get no respect and no recognition. It seems I am never appreciated. I feel like quitting."
2. If you are person who has ever said that or thought that, then guess what? You are just like every other person in this room. Every single one of us, at one time or the other, have thought: "I've had it, I'm finished, I'm tired of working so hard and receiving little or no appreciation for what I do."
HUMOR: The story is told about a large dog that walks into a butcher shop carrying a purse in his mouth. He puts the purse down and sits in front of the meat case. What is it, boy? the butcher jokingly asks. Want to buy some meat?
Woof! barks the dog. Hmm, says the butcher. What kind? Liver, bacon, steak ... Woof! interrupts the dog. And how much steak? Half a pound, one pound ... Woof! The amazed butcher wraps up the meat and finds the money in the dog's purse. As the dog leaves, he decides to follow. The dog enters an apartment house, climbs to the third floor and begins scratching at a door. With that, the door swings open and there stands the owner, who begins shouting angrily at the dog. The startled butcher interrupts. "Why are you yelling at your dog? That's the smartest dog I've ever seen." To which the owner replies, "Smart?" This is the third time this week he's forgotten his key. (1)
3. Have you ever felt like you were having a dog's day? No matter how much you did or how hard you worked; there was little or no appreciation?
a. Let's be reminded of what Paul wrote (vv. 7, 8). He tells us that we are to do what we do "as to the Lord, and not to men." That what we "receive" will come from the Him.
4. I, for one, am glad that Je ...
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