1 Timothy 3; Isaiah 36-37; Psalm 119:97-120
“What do I get out of it?” We ask questions like that a lot when people want us to do something. We want to know if it’s worth our time and effort. Let’s face it, there are a lot of great causes out there that need our help. That question is one of the ones we will ask ourselves often.
Paul talked about overseers (pastors) and deacons. He went over the requirements and the duties. Then he summed it up with the benefits package. “Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 3:13)
I have always interpreted “excellent standing” to mean a good reputation in the church. When you think about it, especially as you think about the persecuted church around the world, that could even be a dangerous proposition! In fact, if you have an excellent standing in the church, that will mean you are called on more often to serve. The greater gain is the great assurance in their faith. While works don’t bring us to salvation in Christ, they will help confirm that relationship in our hearts. Serving God however we do it leads to a greater assurance of our faith.
So that’s the package. Notice we don’t see anything about great wealth, or vacations, or even retirement packages. What we see is that a call from God is a call to service. God calls us to serve because the need is great. What do I get out of serving God? Satisfaction and joy in doing what He wants. How could you get any better pay?
Father, I thank You for the privilege of serving You. Let me serve joyfully. Let my life reflect Your love for others.