Service in Whatever Manner is Praiseworthy
A praiseworthy Christian attitude, indeed. A self-effacing approach towards serving others comes directly from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:1-4). After all, it is important that others are served and not ourselves being “served” in the form of praise and reward. Most importantly, our Father sees all.
Outside the confines of the church, we thank God for each Christian dentist and every Christian medical doctor or Christian lawyer who refuses payment from needy patients or clients of whatever race or creed. This they do day in, day out without drawing attention to themselves and their charitable deeds. For them, being more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35) is as true of service as it is of goods and money.
A call to service is a call to stewardship; it all boils down to responsible, God-fearing stewardship of the time, talent and treasures God has graciously given us. We should be unsung heroes of service for the Lord, by personal choice.
That said, selfless service must be imitated by others (1 Corinthians 11:1; Hebrews 13:7) as there is much good to be done in this broken world of ours. Only that which is visible can be seen,- the clearer and more often, the easier to be imitated, with all glory directed to God (Matthew 5:14-16).
Hence, there is a place for catching the attention of others while being of service amongst God’s people. In Kingdom work, we’ve got to get others to figure, “Hey, I can do that, too. Maybe better and faster.” Doing good works should be infectious.
Applauded or unnoticed, service which benefits others is the reason we were created (Ephesians 2:10). Consider the many ways you can be of service in God’s kingdom.