Bible Society of South Africa
3 April 2024Xanthe Hancox

Focus your faith on Him – Day 4

Work for the joy of others

Bible text(s)

24We are not trying to dictate to you what you must believe; we know that you stand firm in the faith. Instead, we are working with you for your own happiness.

2 Corinthians 1:24GNBOpen in Bible reader

25Jesus said to them, “The kings of the pagans have power over their people, and the rulers claim the title ‘Friends of the People’. 26But this is not the way it is with you; rather, the greatest one among you must be like the youngest, and the leader must be like the servant.

Luke 22:25-26GNBOpen in Bible reader

Even though he was an apostle with God-given authority, Paul brought joy to others by the way he led them – not lording it over them but working alongside them. This explains why he was such an effective leader and why the people associated with him became strong and reliable co-workers. Paul’s words echo what Jesus said to his disciples when they were arguing about who among them was the greatest.

Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” (Luke 22:25-26)

The essence of Christian work, Paul maintains, is nothing less than working alongside others to help them attain greater joy.

What would our homes, campuses and offices look like if we tried to bring others joy through the way we treat them?

To bring people joy doesn’t mean trying to make everyone happy all the time, but treating those around us as people of value and dignity, as Paul did. When we pay attention to others’ needs, including the need to be respected and the need to be entrusted with meaningful work, we follow Paul’s own example.

Have you given yourself fully to the tasks with which God has entrusted you? Will you start today?

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