Have you ever experienced a lousy waiter or waitress? Was he or she so bad that the manager became involved in your meal? Often, the incompetent servers were not listening to our requests. Meals can be ruined when the service is substandard.
In contrast, there are also waiters and waitresses that seem to understand our needs before we finish mentioning them. They have mastered the art of anticipating the customer’s desires. They hear every request and respond quickly. These people make dining an enjoyable experience.
Like many, I adjust my gratuity by the quality of the service. If my server has gone beyond the norm, they will receive a greater blessing. Conversely, if they have been subpar, they will receive much less. I enjoy recognizing someone’s extraordinary efforts.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psa. 119:9-11, NIV)
The psalmist has captured the essence of serving our Lord. Are we paying attention to what the Father desires? Are we studying what pleases Him? We need to give The Master our very best. We should not serve Him like the incompetent waiter who is unwilling to listen to instructions. It is much better to be the one who is blessed!
The best way to pay attention to the Lord is to study the Bible carefully. This needs to be a daily occurrence in our lives. Even better is to pray while studying. We should be communicating with the Lord about what we are reading. This is like the waiter or waitress who asks questions to ensure order accuracy.
Although God’s ultimate gratuity will be an eternal reward, He always blesses those who lovingly serve Him. Nothing in this life is better than friendship with The Almighty. Therefore, let us live a life that pleases Him.
Father, we want all that You have for us. We want Your perfect will to be accomplished in our lives. Help us achieve that goal. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!