A TOUGH QUESTION

​Paulette Reed

Having served the Lord and several ministries for over 30 years, I’ve learned to consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Him (Philippians 3:8).  And I’ve learned that life is cyclical and each go-around brings us back to love .  .  . for love never fails (1 Cor. 13:8). One of the many love tests we all must pass is when the Lord gets His megaphone out and says, “Will you love your neighbor as yourself?” (Luke 10:27).

During this test, our heavenly Father watches to see if we will serve Him with as much passion and zeal when we’re alone with Him as we do when people are watching.

Only God sees behind our “game face” and the crowds of people to observe how we serve Him only (Luke 4:8). When we perform behind the scenes, mundane yet very essential duties for hours, there’s no platform for a performance spirit to operate. There’s no reason for pride to raise its ugly head, because there’s no one to see it. There’s no room for jealously because there's no one to compete with.  And there's no room for gossip, because there's no on to talk to.  All carnality must die as it's starved to death and ...we rejoice always.   

Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 3:10-13, which says, “According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.”
This says, then, that on the great and terrible judgment day, it won’t be us as individuals who are being judged, for only believers will be present. The sinners will not even be there. Rather, it says our works will be presented before the King. 

Jesus lived to bring glory to His Father…how about us? Multitudes will bring talents, gifts, orphanages, medical facilities, huge institutions, music, books, and even the offices of pastor, teacher, prophet, evangelist, and apostle will be presented to be on trial. And there, in the light of His holiness, it will be tragic, as some who worked for a lifetime will stand empty-handed as their works pass through the fire. For the works were not for the King of kings, but for their own little kingdom.

May we always serve out of passion, not pressure—passion for the One who gave His life for ours. May we love our neighbor as ourselves and serve with great joy whether we’re alone or with hundreds. May we keep some tough questions before us, such as, “Why are we doing what we’re doing?” “If no one sees what we do, either in person or through the media, will we serve with excellence, for an audience of One?”

“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.”   John 17:4