Saturday: February 22, 2020
Reference: 1 Peter 5:1-4
1 Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.
When a person works only for reward, that becomes the sole motivation for task execution. Therefore, in their performance, all the things that appear as extra work, effort, dedication or commitment have actually been put on a tab; payment is expected for them.
Hence, from the moment the reward is lost or its certain reception cannot be guaranteed, attitudes toward roles are also altered. Teachers forget the content of their message and prophets seem to hear and see no more. Evangelists lose the message of the Gospel and Encourages run out of words to say. Givers tighten the strings of their purses and even shepherds begin to hold their sheep as ransom to get their reward.
Every role becomes directly tied to the value of reward expected. This gives us a fair sense of what ‘a purely reward seeking’ offer of service could look like. It is characterised by the heart of service dissipating and widening of eyes for applause or reward.
Sweetheart, from the very moment true heart for service is lost, what we remains is nothing short of empty gestures.