A Voice in the
The other day PBS Television presented a documentary on the White House. Quite impressive were the tales of it's burning by the British and the single stone which was never re-surfaced, still bearing the burn marks; structural reinforcements; addition of the East Wing; changing times and added security as illustrated by the "common citizen" who years ago pulled into the portico during a rain storm to put the top on his car...and now Pennsylvania Ave is closed due to security risks.
Of greater interest to me were the White House staff. Particularly the chef, who was featured making preparations for a State Visit-Dinner by Russian President Yeltsin.
In a day when everybody is out to make a name for himself, the White House chef said that his primary goal in preparing for the State Dinner was "to make the President LOOK GOOD." Not to make Mr. Yeltsin ask "who the chef was." Nor, for the visitors to be impressed with the food and settings. But, simply, that the President of the United States should "look good" to those whom he was entertaining.
Then I thought, "HOW SAD that Christians typically don't have this attitude" when serving our Lord. If a musician has an album out, the goal is to sell many CD's. If a person is syndicated on radio or TV, the goal is to get as many followers as possible. If a person has a Web Site, "is mine getting as many 'hits' as the next persons?" Do people know who I am, and all MY exploits?
The Apostle Paul perhaps could have gloated in his accomplishments in service for God. After all, he wrote most of the New Testament. But he writes, "I was unknown by face to the churches in Judea which were in Christ. But they were hearing only, 'He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.' And they GLORIFIED GOD in me." (Gal 1:22-24)
Furthermore, the White House chef had another goal as dozens of dishes were spread out on the preparation tables. "Each and Every dish had to be PERFECT." It was not known "which" dish the President might get, therefore each dish had to be prepared as though IT would be THE ONE served to the President.
"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ." (Col3:23-24)
But notice what happens. When every dish is prepared to perfection, as though for the President; EVERYBODY gets a "perfect" dish, too. So, too, when we serve the Lord Christ to perfection, all those around us will reap the benefit, as well. "And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." (Eph 5:2) The aroma spreads out to everyone in the room.
Who do we serve? Man and self? ...or Christ?
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus..." (Heb 12:1-2)