I was recently reminded how easy it can be for those who are serving in various areas of Christian ministry to be more interested in “career” than in “service.” There is a career ladder of sorts in the ministry, and many young and young-ish ministers can find themselves more interested in finding the bigger church, publishing a great book, speaking at the best conferences, etc. than in reaching people for the gospel of Christ.
This morning, I read this in My Utmost for His Highest:
It is one thing to follow God’s way of service if you are regarded as a hero, but quite another thing if the road marked out for you by God requires becoming a “doormat” under other people’s feet … Are you ready to be less than a mere drop in the bucket – to be so totally insignificant that no one remembers you even if they think of those you served? … Some saints cannot do menial work while maintaining a saintly attitude, because they feel such service is beneath their dignity.
Instead, our attitude should be like Paul’s: If I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Philippians 2:17