When I’m not home and I don’t have a lot of time, I enjoy a hot Egg McMuffin, potato cake and large glass of orange juice. This morning I placed my order at McDonalds and asked the young man at the window if he would mind filling my mug with hot water. He said, “No I can’t it is against company policy,” and he looked away and mumbled something about hygiene concerns. So I thanked him and pulled up to the next window to pick up my order. I asked the young woman if she would mind filling my mug with hot water. She said, “Yes! Why of course.” Before I pulled away with food and a full mug she said, “Anytime you come by you are welcome to get hot water.”
Malachi 3:18--So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
The prophet Malachi noted that his countrymen considered it useless serving God by keeping His laws and will because to them it seemed like the wicked and prideful prospered. Malachi challenged this notion by teaching that God took notice of those who feared Him and that they would be blessed. In other words, don’t be fooled because some people seem to succeed by living only for themselves.
When someone is quick to serve and with a pleasant attitude it makes all the difference in the world. It is easy to find reasons to say “No.” I can think of many employees who were superb at finding reasons notto do things. In most cases it was to avoid having to do more work. Typically these people were not respected and even fewer were promoted. The employees who rose through the ranks were those who proactively found ways to get the job done and please those they were serving by their excellent service.
Retired Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead in her book 24/7 The First Person You Must Lead Is You, recognizes,“Service to others is not a goal or a destination. It is a daily journey.” A righteous person strives to serve God. Consequently, an upright person serves people—for to assist people is to serve God. When we go out of our way to help others and to be kind and considerate we differentiate ourselves from those who are self-centered. Like the young woman who understood the power of yes, let’s help the world see that we are different by our actions motivated through love.
Service isn’t just a kind act. Service is an indescribably beautiful picture of Jesus.—Bill Perkins inthe Jesus experiment
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)