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Attention to the Master by Pastor Melissa Scott

Visualize the Temple.

Visualize a people who did not see past the barrier into the inner court, a people who would limit their view of God and His ministry to their needs. Visualize a ministry left just with that activity and a core group close to the heart of God that had been brought nigh to Him. Move into this sacred place where ministry is to Him.

Two things need to be pointed out in this chapter: the first one is
that there is a difference between doing the work of the Lord, designed to
minister to human need, and ministering to the Lord Himself. That is not
just Old Testament doctrine.

Jesus says, in Luke 17, “which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field,” now “Go and sit down to meat?” He has worked all day for the master and has done a good job. Now he
comes in, “Sit down and eat, pull your table up to the window, count the
furrows you’ve plowed, catalogue the cows that you’ve taken care of.
You’ve been a good servant, now eat hearty.” That isn’t what He said.
Jesus said, “which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding
cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go
and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready
wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and
drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?”: added attention to the
master himself, even after having worked for the master all day. “Doth
he thank that servant because he did those things that were commanded
him? I trow not,” He said. In modern language, “I should say not.”

And then He applies it: “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those
things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we
have done that which was our duty to do.”

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