“Workers, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:22-25
When one reads about David’s early years in his father’s house, one can easily deduce it wasn’t the easiest or sweetest experience. His earthly father forgot to call him (as one of his children) to be part of the line up for consideration to be King (1 Sam. 16:11) and let’s not forget issues with older siblings (1 Sam. 17:28). He sure had it tough.
In all of this, being unnoticed and somewhat unappreciated, David found a happy spot, being a shepherd, and was dedicated to it. We see that caring for his sheep was a priority for him even after he became a temporary hire in Saul’s palace (1 Sam. 16:21; 17:15). David was diligent about what his hands found to do.
I believe David’s commitment and passion towards the welfare of his sheep is something that registered with God. No one saw how David put his life in harms way and wrestled on different occasions with a bear and lion that came after his flock. Possibly , no one really saw how he laboured over His sheep but, God saw. It is also likely that his family and those closest never considered David’s profession as tangible…I mean 3 of his brothers were in the Kings army, but David’s heart was fixed on what he was doing as a shepherd – and he did it well.
We live in a world where almost everything is done primarily for an external audience. The number of likes”, the number of “followers” etc. Not overtly a bad thing within the right context, but where does God fit into it all? What about the “like” of the One who made us for His glory? Just how much does our Principal audience “Like” our work?
Bringing it home, for example what’s our motive for doing the things we do for God? Is it so we are “seen” to be doing them or because we understand why and for Whom we are doing these things? Is it done from a place of love and service towards God or just because it’s the popular acceptable thing to be done? Today’s bible verse reminds us of what and Who is important in the place of service.
Reality check: The praises and accolades of men fade with time. Awards and Certificates of Achievements become ornaments on a shelf that eventually gather dust (harsh reality). “Likes” and “follower-ships” endure until the next big sensation. Commendations from men become history, only you and possibly a few will remember. But, everything is different when God takes note of you.
When He honors your service, kings and people of authority acknowledge and do like wise. When God is happy with you and loves your work, your testimony is evergreen. And when God endorses you, it is eternal.
Friend, which would you prefer? That which is fleeting or that which is timeless. The applause of men or that of heaven? A little something to think about.
God calls us to a life of dedicated service to Him so He can bless and be glorified in us. We too can be like David, committed to what matters. Through the Spirit of God we are able to be all that God has made us to be and live life the way He wants us to. It’s a life of daily surrender, but one with the greatest of returns. It’s a life I’m daily seeking; I pray it’s same for you.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18