The humblest laborers in His vineyard!
("Every Day!" Author unknown, 1872)
"Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am — My servant also will be.
My Father will honor the one who serves Me!" John 12:26
What an honor it is to be a servant of the Lord Jesus! It is an honor that is not confined to any particular condition in outward life. Not only are ministers and missionaries Christ's servants — but also the humblest laborers in His vineyard! Nor is service to Christ confined to direct efforts in spiritual work:
the mother in the midst of her family, endeavoring by her spirit and example to train her children aright;
the servant in the kitchen, doing her work heartily as to the Lord;
the hard working laborer in the field;
the attentive mechanic in the shop;
the honest clerk in the office —
not rendering eye-service as a men-pleasers, but doing their work faithfully and well, as the Lord's redeemed people.
All of these are as truly Christ's servants — as those who are occupied more exclusively in spiritual work!
All who serve Jesus faithfully here — will dwell with Him hereafter. All who follow Him on earth in the path of self-denying love and obedience — will share His glory in Heaven.
Servant of Christ, called now to suffer reproach and shame — let the assurance of your Savior cheer you: "Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am — My servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me!"