“Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.”
Philippians 2:17 ESV
Many may be willing to be poured out as long as they feel it worthy but what if it goes unnoticed? Can you give your very best without anyone ever patting you on the back for it? Paul is speaking here of being completely used up as a sacrifice for another’s faith to be established. Do you have that kind of love and faith? Would you give your all even if the only one who saw it was the Lord?
When we consider serving the Lord or one another we may be tempted into thinking we should be recompensed in some way. However, a real servant doesn’t think in those terms. A real servant has given up their rights. A servant only seeks to serve and to give their best each time. I once heard it said like this: “you will know how much of a servant you are when someone actually treats you like one.” Some may serve at times because it seems easy and glamorous while others are watching but the real servant serves in the most menial of ways regardless of who is or isn’t present.
A servant doesn’t speak in terms of how much they had to give or do to get the job done: Being poured out is the job of a servant.
How is serving for you?
Do you do what you do to be seen and recognized?
Do you put on a show for others or are you serving at all times?
Do you give your best and your all at all times?
How is the Lord speaking to you about your attitude as a servant?
Are you setting limits to how and when the Lord could use you?