It’s a thought from our Men of the Word Bible study this week, something I knew but definitely need to be reminded of on a regular basis.  As, I think, we all do.  The author of the book was giving some insights on being a man of influence through serving others, and the first insight was to remember that we “serve for a higher purpose.”  Yes, we serve others with the purpose of being a blessing, an encouragement, or a comfort.  But at all times, it’s imperative that we remember the “higher purpose.”  And that is our service to others is done for the Lord and His glory.  Without that ultimate purpose it would be easy to become discouraged or disillusioned.  Or even overcome with the desire to quit.  People can disappoint you.  They can take you for granted.  They can be served, then quickly forget the source of that service.  Things done for others can go without thank yous, recognition, or results.  Admittedly, most of the time they don’t mean to do that.  However, if we remember for Whom we really do it, none of that will dissuade us from serving.  Didn’t our Lord say, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister”?  And didn’t He also say, “As my Father hath sent Me, even so send I you”?  We are here to serve, and to serve for that “higher purpose.”  True service to others is done in the Lord’s name and for the Lord’s glory and keeps the truth in mind “that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”  Sure, a pat on the back is nice.  But a “well done, thou good and faithful servant” from our Master….  No comparison.  So, serve on.