I pondered the life and attitude of this servant and wondered if I was capable of such unselfish anonymity. When Yahweh gives me a task am I as faithful? When He calls and commissions am I willing to lay down all my normal ‘duties’ of service and go wherever He sends me? Am I happy to be completely anonymous, so that however excellently the task may be done, only Yahshua can be seen? The incredible success of the servant’s mission should surely have warranted some acknowledgement of who he was, shouldn’t it? Appreciation; encouragement; acknowledgement; these are nourishing to the spirit, but they should not replace a joy in the knowledge of His will accomplished.
With perspicacity and insight Amy Carmichael wrote, “If I want to be known as the doer of something that has proved the right thing, or as the one who suggested that it should be done, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” When I ‘happened’ upon this statement more than 30 years ago it stopped me in my tracks, sweeping through my heart like a cleansing tide and locking itself there as a constant plumb line to every attitude and thought. I remember it often, as I did when thinking of Abraham’s servant. Think it over as you walk through your week, where are you?
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of [Yahweh], that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to [Him], which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 (NKJV)
For just as each of us has one body with many members...