Humanistic-Minded Christians Need A Grateful Master
The humanistic-minded Christian speaks of serving, encourages service, and will seek to serve, however they falter in this, they want a Grateful Master. The great evil is rooted in their need to be appreciated. This sort of mindset is easily bothered or offended when they do not receive the expected response of appreciation for their work or act of service. When appreciation is not extended to them or falls-short in some way, then they can easily proceed to offense, unless they decide to extend misplaced forgiveness. This weakness loves to be flattered when they serve.
This posture is not restricted to just those in the seats of the church, even the pastors, preachers, and leaders are falling prey to this fleshly mindset. They need to be appreciated by others. Sadly, it is prevailing in almost every sphere of church activity. Hence, offense is regularly surfacing because their needs are not being met. What need? The need to be appreciated and given regard for the work they performed or wanted to perform. Once offended, they will begin to tell others that they are not happy, that there is no love in that church, that they need to be fed, and that they need a place of worship where they feel welcomed.
This is humanistic-minded Christianity, the flesh-nature which serves only to gain appreciation. They may be hard workers and quite accomplished, but the inner desire is to be applauded to some degree and in some way. They operate their Christian walk with the mindset that those they serve must show them appreciation; this is worse than a thankless person because they can be so easily offended, thus causing much harm in the body of believers.
As they treat others, so they treat the Lord of glory, that is, they see Christ as their Grateful Master. Therefore, they consider Christ appreciative toward them and view this appreciation as His Love extended toward them. Hence, when a pastor does not properly appreciate them for their service, they consider this a negative response that is not in accordance with the love of God. They want to see and hear God’s love extended toward them through appreciation because they think Christ is a Grateful Master who is thankful for their wonderful sacrifice of service; it is deeply evil since it is founded in the flesh nature; it is human centered and is so easily offended.
Here are a few examples to illustrate what they presume God thinks about them and also expect from church leaders; if this is absent then they deem love is absent as well.
- They think Christ is thinking, “Thank you for coming to church.”
- They think Christ is saying, “Thank you for giving your offering.”
- They think Christ is saying, “Thank you for giving your time.”
- They think Christ is saying, “Thank you for your help.”
- They think Christ is saying, “Thank you for giving your life to Me.”
- They think Christ is thinking, “Thank you for saying My Name in your discussion.”
- They think Christ is thankful and saying, “Thank you for wanting Me in your life.”
- They think Christ is saying, “Thank you for accepting Me as your Savior.”
- They think Christ is thankful to them for forgiving someone or blessing another.
This self-loving, humanistic posture has entered the church and today’s Christianity views Christ as their Grateful Master, who appreciated their efforts to do the right thing; who appreciates their songs of praise, their giving and helping, and even their church attendance. They see God as happy about their presence in church and thankful when they attend church, sing songs, and give an offering. When a person acknowledges Christ as Savior, they believe God is thankful that He was accepted, referenced, or regarded in some way. They want a Grateful Master.
The biblical revelation of Christ the Judge is diluted, the wrath of God is ignored, and the love of God is redefined. Holiness is deemed archaic and simply the Holy Spirit’s first name. Those who want the Grateful Master are full of flattery to make up for their lack of love. They rely on others to support them and need others to appreciate them. This is just the flesh nature trying to be spiritual. This is a subtle evil that is seditiously advancing.
Humble Servants of God serve Christ because they are servants and He is Lord. The apostle Paul called for believers to serve their leaders as unto the Lord. Writing to the church Paul said: “Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality” (Col. 3:22–24).
Paul said ultimately, “You serve the Lord Christ”. Therefore, since this is the case, as new creations in Christ, then faithfully serve all as unto the Lord knowing that your reward is in Christ as an heir; look for His reward for being His faithful servant. The master is not grateful for the servant’s work; rather, the master is looking for those who are faithful.
True servants seek to serve, not be appreciated for their service or applauded for their efforts. True service is focused on pleasing the master, not expecting the master to be grateful for the service rendered. True servants know what to do in order to please the master, knowing the master’s desires. Martha wanted to be appreciated and applauded for serving and she wanted help from her sister; she wanted to be recognized and rewarded; she wanted to be appreciated. The true servant will be orientated around faithfulness, not looking for the Lord to be thankful for them; let us move toward this perfection.
In the Service of Christ,
Dr. Gary H. Cote