Servants Are Always Looking UpServant rewards are the compensation for lowering yourself to work for someone else. It really doesn’t matter whether you are an employee in service to a boss, or a merchant in service to a customer. Servanthood is servanthood; and the rewards are the same. Basically, as you’ve seen in the previous articles that I’ve written (Customer Service Rewards, and Customer Service For Speedy Profits), there are three big rewards for being a servant, and they all lead to more money and a better life for yourself and your family.

What are these three big rewards? Protection, provision, and promotion.

In this article, I’d like to shine the light on another reward that you’ll get for being a servant. These are things that you may not think about, but are important for your success. The reason I want to give you more reasons, is to really show you the powerful tool that being a servant has in moving you closer to your goals of financial freedom and the fruit that comes from success. You can do so much more good in the world when you have the financial means, and being a willing servant comes with heaps of rewards that can get you nearer your goal a lot faster.

The Servant Rewards Are Motivation

What really drives me nuts is hearing people talk about “motives” for being a servant. They will say things like “I’m not motivated by rewards. I do good deeds for other people because it is the right thing to do,” and “God knows my heart, and if I do a good deed expecting a reward from God, then he’ll see my heart and it will cancel out the good thing that I just did.” How stupid can you be? Really?

If you want your lawn mowed, and I come to you and say that I’ll get it done, do you really care that I only mowed it to get money? Of course not. You just wanted your lawn mowed, and you’re willing to pay for the job as agreed on.

The bible is consistent on this fact. In the parable of the workers in the vineyard (found in Matthew 20), we see that the landowner hired day-laborers. At the end of the day, he paid them for their work. He didn’t go to them and say: “What do you mean? You want money for doing this job? I thought you were out here doing this work because it was the right thing to do.” Nope. The landowner didn’t care about their motive for working. He paid them because he needed the job to be completed.

In the same way, I want to assure you that having the motive of making money, and maybe a lot of money, is not evil. Nor does God care that it may be your motive for being a servant. He’s got a job that needs to be done, and he will reward you for the completion of the task. And in fact, there are bonuses for getting it done faster and more efficiently (see the parable of the talents in Matthew 25).

The motivation of making money is very powerful, because being a servant is one of the more difficult jobs you’ll do. You can only be treated like a slave-laborer for so long, and then you’ll give up. That is why I think that people that say they aren’t motivated by rewards are bald-face liars. Because after they’re done and have quit doing the work for “no reward,” they will come back and do it when a reward (i.e. money) is offered.

When you do the same drudgery work with expectation of a huge reward, you’re more likely to do that work willingly, and for longer period of time.

You Need Motivation

The reason I want to point out the rewards for servanthood is because no one tells you these things. Nobody understands what a kind of fuel it is that will accelerate them to their financial goals. I see a lot of Christians, with the sanctimonious attitude of “doing good because it is the right thing to do”, give up on doing good after only a short while. I keep thinking to myself that if they only knew the “tangible” rewards of being a servant, maybe they’d do the hard work for a bit longer. They are just inches away from being able to kick things into high gear and reaching their dreams.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:37 (NIV)

Because there are so few people that are willing to be a servant (regardless of the motive), the rewards are immense. That makes me feel good, because I know that the financial rewards are there for the taking. All I need to do is to get the job done to the expectations of the customer (or my boss).

Here is the next reward for being a servant…

Servanthood Reward: Instant Credibility And Authority

When you serve someone, their credibility and their authority is immediately transferred to you. It is like having that person next to you as you go about doing business. Do you know how powerful this is?

But it is more than that… We all want “instant” things in life. This one is guaranteed to be “instant.” There is nothing faster that I can think of as getting instant results as this promise.

In the book of Genesis (chapter 24, starting at verse 34), we see the story of how Abraham’s servant travels to find a wife for Isaac. He only needs to mention the name of Abraham, and instantly he is treated like his master would be treated.

As I look around, I see this same authority transference everywhere I look. For example, a bailiff in a courtroom is a servant of the judge. What the bailiff says carries the same amount of weight and seriousness as what the judge himself would say. The secretary to a corporate president has a lot of authority. It isn’t that they earned it with their own accomplishments, but it comes from being a servant to the president.

This credibility and authority transference is the reason why customer testimonials are so powerful in advertising. The company knows that they pick up the credibility and authority of the person that gave the testimonial. They go out of their way to get important people to give a testimonial, because they will gain more  new business. But to get that testimonial, they will have to first become a servant.

Now here is an important key that few people realize or consciously think about. Even after you’re done being a servant to the person with the real authority, the credibility “lingers.” It will stay with you for a long while afterward.

You’ve probably watched news programs on TV where they interview a person that used to work for a famous person. It could be a secretary, a speech writer, a political adviser, etc. But each person will have a certain amount of credibility and some authority because they were a servant of a powerful person. Do you get what I mean?

When you serve someone, you get the benefit of instantly acquiring the master’s credibility and authority. And it lingers on you like a fragrant perfume even after you’ve left their service. What could be more cool than that?

Seek out people with authority; serve them. Serve them well. Then sit back and enjoy your own increase in credibility and authority – and the rewards that come with them.

Next time: More rewards of being a servant that you can take to the bank. It is part of the plan to Make Money, God’s way.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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