Workers and Servants

“. . . a faithful worker . . .”


“Our dear friend Tychicus, who is a faithful worker and fellow servant in the Lord’s work, will give you all the news about me.” (Colossians 4:7)

My wife, Patti, pulled into the driveway last week and found me sitting in the yard next to the flower bed with my camera.  “What are you up to?” she asked.  “Oh, I’m just playing with the ants,” I responded.  I was fascinated by the ants I had discovered working in the newly-planted pink primrose in our garden.  They carefully picked their way across the pink blossoms to the hole in the center.  Then, they literally stood on their heads, stuck their heads deep inside the hole, and emerged with a piece of nectar and pollen grasped firmly in their mandibles.  Finally, they scurried off with their prized-possessions.


Each of these worker ants went to amazing lengths to gather the precious food necessary for the colony’s survival!

When the Apostle Paul ended his letter to the church at Colossae he didn’t refer to Tychius as a fellow Christian.  Paul purposely referred to him as, “a faithful worker and fellow servant in the Lord’s work.”  Paul uses the same description for other companions as well – faithful workers and fellow servants.  From the earliest days of Christianity the words “worker” and “servant” have been synonymous with “disciple.”  That’s where the Spirit has drawn me today . . .

We seem to be living in a culture where too often Christian discipleship has become a “spectator sport.”  Sit and listen to a group of pastors talking and there’s a good chance you’ll hear some of them express the frustration that it feels like some congregants come to church with an “entertain me now” kind of attitude.  They return when it’s convenient for another installment of the ongoing “series.”  What folks fail to realize is that if they don’t engage and become workers and servants for God their own spiritual lives will be hollow and the colony’s survival and ability to achieve its purpose will be put in jeopardy. 

God’s grace is freely given through Jesus for all who will accept it.  However, that grace is more than a simple ticket for the show that risks becoming a stub wrinkling in a pocket after the performance.  Grace is a precious treasure that needs to be shared.  God’s radical loving we call grace was demonstrated in the way that Jesus loved the so-called unlovable of his day when he walked among us.  God’s grace is demonstrated each time we’re forgiven and invited into relationship with God through Jesus.  The radical love of God is demonstrated each time we offer it to others.  God’s grace can heal broken minds and bodies, broken relationships, and broken spirits.  If we’re not sharing grace as workers and servants then maybe it means we really don’t understand or appreciate the treasure that we’ve been entrusted.  Maybe we’re content to be mere spectators.  If that’s the case, we’re truly missing out on something spectacular. 

There are many ways to share God’s grace and become faithful workers and servants.  Are you waiting for the pastor or someone from the church to ask you to “do something?”  (Maybe you’re hoping they don’t ask so you don’t have to say, “No.”)  Why don’t you ask before you’re asked?  I pray that God’s Spirit will give me the motivation and strength to be a faithful worker and servant.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church
Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on May 1, 2013.

2 Responses to “Workers and Servants”

    I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award! thank you for all you are doing!

    love, Emma

  2. Gary you hit the nail on the head that is what we are called to do is serve. He stand here and demand to be waited on. Great reminder.

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