1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.
The word for the days is service, that is, work which is done for others. And the hard thing about service, is answering the question Ė what do I get out of it? Because when the work is service, what you get, is nothing. And thatís why St. Paul talks about being a slave, slaves do no personally profit from their work. And thatís the problem, because what is being taught these days is profit, if you donít get something out of it, then there is no reason why your should do it, after all there is no shortage of things that need to be done. In the past it has been fashionable to talk about service in terms of doing a job well and pride in your work, an argument that service is profitable, but then we are back to doing everything for profit. But one of the things about service, is that when asks the question, what does it profit? There are no tangible benefits.
A good example is the preparing of meals, there is a lot of work in preparing a nice meal, something which is quickly consumed, often with little thought to thanks to those who prepared it. Itís a good example, because in our Gospel lesson, the response of Peterís mother-in-law to being healed, was not to rest in bed to build up her strength, but to get up at once and prepare a meal for Jesus and his disciples. Why? Simply because it needed to be done. Why? Because she could see that Jesus preaching was important.
Worship as service
Worship because God is worthy of praise and honor.
Worship however is a special service, because, the Word works in us and we benefit from the grace of God and the forgiveness of sins and the promise of salvation. But the chief reason for worship is not because of what we get out of it, rather it is because God is worthy of such service.
Worship, the service of others and the advance of the Gospel Ė our personal call to bear witness to the hope that is in us.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.