Servant of God—Friend to Man
Preface: It is not enough for people to be trained for evangelism and witnessing work; they must actively work for souls.
It was their anniversary and Angella had been eagerly anticipating the surprise date Alan had told her about. As suggested, she had dressed casually.
Alan arrived and off they went. To Angella’s surprise but not dismay, he had signed them both up for a local service club’s annual blood drive. It was not the usual way for couples to spend an anniversary, but these two were happy to do something that would benefit someone other than themselves. Not only were they living up to the creed of being “a servant of God and a friend to man”1 and thus demonstrating Christlikeness (called to serve and not to be served), they were also applying the principle of love that an anniversary is supposed to epitomize.
Joy is evident in the action of these two young adults. The same can happen for you. Put J-Jesus first, O-Others next, and Y-You last. Like Alan and Angella, you also can allow Christ to live out His life within you, doing for others what you would want others to do for you. We also must do for others what no one else wants to do for them.
Recently I saw the following essay topic: “ ‘People must sometimes do things that are unpleasant for them.’ Discuss.” That is what service is sometimes about—doing the unpleasant, happily. When we, as Christians, do joyfully and willingly that which we would ordinarily find unpleasant, the paradox of service presents itself. Indeed, doing something good for someone often leaves us with no time to think about our problems or troubles.
It is our responsibility as Christians to reach out, help others, and win souls for Christ, no matter how grueling. This is our long-term investment plan. We, however, collect the dividends not now, but later.
Ellen White tells us that “strength to resist evil is best gained by aggressive service.”2 The best way to prepare ourselves to battle Satan is to participate in willing and committed service for the Lord. Nothing is too hard, unpleasant, and inconvenient for the children of the Servant King to do. No one should be in want when God’s children are present, because God has blessed us and we must be willing to share that blessing.
For what does it profit us to have the whole earth and not share it with our brothers and sisters who have naught?
1. The Pathfinder Pledge and Law, http://www.pathfindersonline.org/html/leadershipresources/about/about_pledge_law.htm (accessed April 24, 2012).
2. The Acts of the Apostles, p. 105.