Hebrews 6:10 (KJV) “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
I had the privilege of attending the Annual Right to Life of Southwestern Indiana Banquet recently. As I sat at our table, I watched the many servers milling around and carefully serving the beverages and food to over 2,000 attendees. It appeared that each table had been assigned a specific server to attend its needs.
I watched as the various servers would interact with one another while hurriedly disappearing to the kitchen area and reappearing in the staging area. While our server was very methodical and friendly, it was very apparent that she desired, or was instructed, to be inobtrusive and noninvasive. I couldn’t help wondering, “How many attendees even notice how hard these servers are working?” Nonetheless, the fact that they were being unnoticed, or underappreciated, did not diminish their professional and personable.
I asked our server what her name was and said, “Thank you for serving us tonight. I really appreciate your hard work.” She smiled and said, “It is my privilege.” I believed she meant it. I also believe she appreciated being “noticed and appreciated” for the service she was providing.
We could focus on the fact that she was being paid to provide her service; however, she wasn’t being paid a wage high enough to endure the surly, pretentious remarks and looks that patrons can give at times. While I did not witness such, I’m certain there are many times this does occur with very little “notice” of how well she does her job. I don’t want to get off on the tangent of discussing “tipping” today! Nonetheless, I noticed how she, and most of her peers, seemed to enjoy serving.
All of us need an encouraging word from time to time. I’ve thought of Joseph in the Old Testament regarding this topic. He certainly didn’t receive any accolades from his brothers! I can understand why he didn’t because of their jealousy, but I don’t see where they applauded him when they confronted him in Egypt after he saved their lives either.
Joseph is an interesting character in Scripture. He was obedient to his father, and his obedience ultimately resulted in being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Reuben, one of his brothers, talked his brothers into placing Joseph into a pit instead of killing him, but before he could come back at night to release him, another brother (Judah) decided to make some money out of Joseph’s sorrow by selling him into slavery. Thus, Joseph experienced being rejected three times by his family! This was the reward of his obedience, or so it would seem!
I’ve often wondered about what Jesus felt as He continued to serve His Father, work miracles, and grant forgiveness while continually experiencing rejection by most of His family and society in general! Even one of His Disciples, Judas Iscariot, betrayed Him and sold Him into the hands of the Jewish Leaders for 30 pieces of silver! While we cannot say, “Well, He was only human,” since He was fully Man, and fully God, we can surely identify with His humanity. And He can, and does, identify with our human condition! Hebrews 4:15 (KJV) “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Emphasis Added). I cannot imagine the pain that He felt being rejected while knowing He was God!
Genesis 3:9-13 (KJV) “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat” (Emphasis Added).
It seems that not only humanity cries out, “Does anyone notice?” but God also cries out!
Isaiah 40:27-28 (KJV) “Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding” (Emphasis Added).
Isaiah 48:6 (KJV) “Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them” (Emphasis Added).
Jesus taught us the principle that it is only important that His Father notices. This was one of the prime reasons that the Man, Christ Jesus only did what pleased His Father. The ONLY acclamation and affirmation He needed what that of His Father’s. Jesus received that…
Matthew 3:16-17 (KJV) “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Emphasis Added).
Philippians 2:5-11 (KJV) “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Emphasis Mine).
The Father did take “notice” of what Jesus did; therefore, He stated He was pleased AND He rewarded Him by exalting the Man, Christ Jesus above all “things” (Creatures & Creation)!
So, whether creatures or creation “Notice” what Jesus did or not, in the end ALL Creation will bow before Jesus! Jesus lived for His Father’s approval, was rewarded here, and will be in the world to come. Praise the Lord!
Okay, we see this for Jesus, but what about us? We will talk about that next week!