Love Songs for Servants

Week 3: The Song of Faithfulness

We have a plan!  We know just what the world around us needs, and we know how to make good things happen.  So, we roll up our sleeves and get to work and . . . it all flops.  Nobody listened.  Nobody thanked us.  In fact, we likely were criticized, ignored, or ridiculed for our efforts.  We labored in vain.  We spent our strength for nothing and vanity.


This song could be entitled, Welcome to the Discouraging Life of Servanthood.  But it’s not.  Rather, the song does three things.  First, it acknowledges that we can become very discouraged when we love and serve others.  Don’t be surprised that we will often feel that we our efforts have been worthless.  However, we aren’t left in our discouragement.  Rather than settle down in defeat, we are encouraged to remember that God is at the heart of all we do.  God has been the inspiration for our love, and God is also the endpoint of all our service.  We are called to faithfulness, not results.  In fact, our faithfulness creates more ways for us to love and serve.  With Servant Jesus, we are called to be lights of healing and restoration for the whole world.  As faithful lights, our love is never in vain.


 But I said, “I have labored in vain,
    I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
    and my reward with my God.”

 [And the Lord] says,
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
    to raise up the tribes of Jacob
    and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
    that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”   — Isaiah 49:4, 6

  • Invitations:

    • As you read this week’s scripture, what especially speaks to you?
      What challenges you?
    • This week’s scripture is only a couple of verses of this song. 
          If you would like to read the whole song, it is Isaiah 49:1-6.
    • How do you react to discouragement?  This is a deeper question than it might appear to be.  Our discouragement can tell us a lot about our values, motives, and needs. What does discouragement tell you about yourself, in life in general and in serving in particular?
    • How might you grow the faithful-to-God perspective of this song in your life?
    • From this passage, what do you discover about:
      - God’s love for you and how you might love God in return?
      - Your love for your neighbor and how your neighbor might love you?

      - Your love for yourself?

  • Prayer:


    Ease my discouragement and encourage me in my faithfulness.

    Keep my eyes on you the Light of the World who calls me to reflect your loving light.  Amen.