Reference text : Luke 1:5-25
Luke 1:6-7 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
It is often always expected that reward is tied to good service: therefore serve well and get better rewards… period. Many of us therefore find it rather easy to transpose this logic into the company of God where we expect our services and worship to correspond to the magnitude of blessings we receive from His hands.
If that was our expectation, then the couple in today’s Gospel do not give us much initial encouragement. Zechariah and Elizabeth were described as the embodiment of obedience, walking before God blameless but yet, they had no child. It seemed as if they had been following God’s commands and ordinances diligently all their lives but still had nothing to show for it.
What I am moved by is the sheer desire to keep serving even when they had apparently received ‘nothing’ for their service. People of today lodge complaints and sue when payments due them are delayed or when they feel cheated. Others down their tools and refuse to work until disputes are resolved- however, Lizzy and Zac remained dedicated to their respective services to God in a manner that suggested that ‘We are not serving because we want to receive, but because we just want to’.
My dear, many of us want God to play the goose that lays golden eggs- making quick repayments for every act of service we render in His house. Beloved, that isn’t always the case hence I ask you:’ will you stop serving whilst you await the fulfilment of your desires?’ and ‘Will you stop being faithful because your prayers have not been answered?’ Think about these words.
Remember # we should serve God because we want to, not just because we want to receive.