Pastor's Pen - A Good And Faithful Servant
I read a great story last week that I would like to share with you. It is about someone serving faithfully and unselfishly. It’s about a person who serves because it’s the right thing to do and expects no great reward for doing it. It’s like the many in our church who serve faithfully in their ministry without anyone watching. It’s the faithful teacher who continues to teach because it’s the right thing to do. It’s the church member who mows the grass, cleans the buildings or drives the bus without so much as a thought of reward. Read on…
One stormy night, an elderly couple entered the lobby of a small hotel and asked for a room. The clerk explained that because three conventions were in town, the hotel was filled. “But I can’t send a nice couple like you out in the rain at one o’clock in the morning,” he said. “Would you be willing to sleep in my room?” The couple hesitated, but the clerk insisted. The next morning when the man paid his bill, he said, “You’re the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel in the United States. Maybe someday I’ll build one for you.” The clerk smiled, amused by the man’s “little joke.” A few years passed. Then one day the clerk received a letter from the man recalling that stormy night and asking him to come to New York for a visit. A round-trip ticket was enclosed. When the clerk arrived, his host took him to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, where stood a magnificent new building. “That,” explained the man, “is the hotel I have just built for you to manage.” “You must be joking,” said the clerk. “I most assuredly am not,” came the reply. “Who – who are you?” stammered the other. “My name is William Waldorf Astor.” That hotel was the original Waldorf-Astoria, and the young clerk who became its first manager was George C. Boldt.
One day our Lord will say to all those who served faithfully for Him, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”