What makes your task valuable…

The value of a task is not derived from who can do it, but who it is done for.
Just because only a few people can do a task, doesn’t make it valuable. The preacher’s prep, the musician’s practice, the small group leader’s reading… Those tasks aren’t valuable because you’ve been asked or appointed to a responsibility.
The only thing that makes them valuable is who they are done for.
If they are done well, but not for Jesus, they quickly empty themselves of their value. They might impress for a short time, but they will be burned up in eternity.
All servants should remind themselves that the value of their service lies in who they serve. That is all.

4 thoughts on “What makes your task valuable…

  1. stuartheath says:

    The idea in this post is good for addressing our motives, but outcomes are important, too. That is, ‘serving Jesus’ implies ‘doing actual good to others’. When we love Jesus, it implies that we also need to love the things he loves.

    I think it’s worth being explicit about this, because I’ve met too many Christians who’ve never given any thought to whom their serving in the work and how. That is, they haven’t asked whether their work is a blessing to any of Jesus’ other creatures.

    • Thanks Stuart! Yeah, outcomes are certainly important!! Good motives does not a good action make.
      However, if we’re looking at activities that do bless, it too common for people to get their sense of value from their “special activity” rather than from the fact they are serving the lord of the universe.
      In other words, they think their “valuable” ministry makes them important.

    • Stuart Heath says:

      I guess I’d say something like the value of a person lies in the fact that they’re created in the image of God (and redeemed in the image of Christ). This rather dwarfs any of our achievements.

      The value of a work lies in the good that it does. Of course, a whole lot of things are ‘necessary’ (i.e. good) without being ‘great’ (i.e. impressive or glamorous — e.g. feeding your children). I don’t think this depends so much on motives (though it’s good for good actions to spring from good motives).

      Both of these, of course, are all of grace — it’s by grace that we’re given life and breath (and new life); it’s by grace that God prepares in advance good works for us to do. Not a lot of room, here, for self-vaunting pride (or ‘orgulousness’). Though there may well be room for pride in the sense of feeling satisfied for having faithfully achieved good for the sake and to the glory of the gracious master — that is, for stewarding his gifts properly :)

      I guess a lot of how you slice this depends on your pastoral setting — what’s the lie that people believe, and therefore what’s the truth you need to remind us of. I probably don’t move much in circles where people think themselves or their achievements ‘important’ (except, perhaps, for works related to church activities). The idols among my friends — and, you know, in me — are more about works being ‘interesting’. I find my identity and my value in my novel experiences, rather than in my work. But I do also know some people who find their identity and value in their work. And it’s good to remember that that’s not where our value lies.

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