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Doing The Will Of God Without The Honor Of Man.

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Doing The Will Of God Without The Honor Of Man.

There is nothing greater in life than completing the work God has chosen for us to do. He has no stage built on earth for us to stand on and receive accolades. God’s champion’s, His heroes, and faithful followers mostly seem to pass through this life unknown by the world.

Humans expect validation, recognition and honor from each other. We have ceremonies awarding trophies, and ribbons. We have newspaper articles, halls of fame, museums, and statutes. We’ve named some cities after their original founders. Streets are often named after those whom we honor. We bow before kings and queens.

We create crowns for those whom we call royalty. We have yearly contests to see who is the fastest, the prettiest, the best speller, and give scholarships to the smartest.

Life seems to focus on being rewarded for every achievement. Even the Pharisees wanted everyone to notice the amount of their offerings, so they made an obvious display of their giving. They made sure all their fellows noticed when they fasted, and they also prayed loudly to gain attention.

But, in God’s world, some of His most beloved children exist almost unknown by the public. Their time for honor has not yet come. Earth is not a spectacular enough stage for God to showcase His heroes. He has a better place in mind.

God’s Bookkeepers make no mistakes!


Remember Noah?

The generation of Noah was so full of sin and evil that God had no choice but to start all over. Only Noah found grace and favor in God’s eyes. So, he was chosen to build an ark to save all believers from the coming judgment.


  • For one hundred years Noah and his sons worked on building a huge ark.
  • For one hundred years Noah preached righteousness to a corrupt world.
  • For one hundred years Noah preached about the world being destroyed by water.


  • Did anyone else help them? No.
  • Did anyone encourage them? No.
  • Did anyone compliment them? No.
  • Did anyone believe them? No.


  • Did everyone mock them? Yes.
  • Did everyone ignore the preaching? Yes.
  • Did everyone look down on them? Yes.
  • Did everyone think they were weird? Yes.


  • Did God come by occasionally and offer any encouragement? No.
  • Did God even speak to Noah for one hundred years? No.


Noah’s efforts in fulfilling the Will of God brought him no earthly honor. Only pain and the disrespect of his fellows. If he had focused on man’s opinion and honor, he would have quit. Unbeknown to him, the whole future of mankind depended on his willingness to do the Will of God, while being dishonored by man. Can the same be said of you? God’s Bookkeepers make no mistakes!


There’s The Potters.

1 Chronicles 4:23 These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.

The potters were unnamed craftsmen who created beautiful vessels for the Temple of God in Jerusalem. They were conscripted to make vessels that were to last for centuries. Vessels made for service in God’s House.


  • The potters were not even allowed to go home at night.
  • They were not allowed to kiss their babies goodnight.
  • They were not permitted to sleep in their own beds.
  • They slept on the ground in the bushes.


  • They had no roof over their heads.
  • They were denied the company of their family.
  • They did not get to eat their wife’s cooking.
  • They did not get to see nor hear from them.


  • They were to focus on doing what they were chosen to do.
  • They made goblets from which they would never be allowed to drink.
  • They made platters from which they would never be allowed to eat.
  • They made utensils they would never be allowed to use.
  • They made beautiful things they could never show their family or friends.


Their only comfort and consolation seems to be found in the one phrase that says, ‘with the king for his work.’ They slept on the ground in the bushes but the King stayed there with them the whole time. The very knowledge that they may be sacrificing a bit was overshadowed by the fact that the King noticed their work. The King was there with them the whole time. He’s there with you the whole time while you sacrifice and work for Him!

God’s Bookkeepers make no mistakes!


Then There’s The Calkers.

Ezekiel 27:9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.

Calkers? Yes. They were the unnamed crew members.


  • The Calkers never became the captain of the ship
  • The Calkers never became the first mate.
  • The Calkers never learned to read a sextant.
  • The Calkers never learned how to chart their course by the stars.


  • The Calkers never got to say, ‘Land Ho’.
  • The Calkers never got to get tanned by the sun.
  • The Calkers never felt the wind in their face.
  • The Calkers never got to see the whales surface and blow.


  • They stayed below deck the whole time.
  • They had the dirtiest job of all.
  • They had pitch and tar covering their hands.
  • They had no solvent to take the tar and pitch off of their fingers.


  • No one wanted to shake their hands.
  • No one wanted their job.
  • No one saluted them or gave them honor.
  • No one considered them skilled or highly educated.


  • They were the ones who found the leaks below the water line.
  • They were the ones who dipped hemp in tar and pitch.
  • They were the ones who with a wedge drove it into the hole to stop the leak.
  • They were the ones who kept the boat afloat.


  • Your job in the Kingdom may not gain you national recognition.
  • Your job in the church may not seem important to those in the limelight.
  • Your job in the church may not place you in the spotlight.
  • Your job however, is keeping the boat afloat.

God’s Bookkeepers make no mistakes!


And Then There’s The Ditch Diggers.

Three kings journeyed through the desert to fight against the king of Moab. But they ran out of water and thought they were going to die. In desperation they sought out the Prophet Elisha for help. He asked for a musician to play and then God spoke to him.

2 Kings 3:15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

2 Kings 3:16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches

2 Kings 3: 17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts

Make this valley full of ditches? What was Elisha thinking when he gave that order? The men were without water. And, he wanted them the dig ditches everywhere! That would make them sweat and become more thirsty.

These were all officers and soldiers. These were highly trained warriors. They weren’t ditch diggers. Ditch digging was beneath them. They were seasoned and decorated soldiers. How dare the preacher require that of them!

The only shovels they had to dig ditches with, were their own personal paddles. The paddles were only used for hygienic purposes. They were ordered by God to cover up their personal excrement using the paddle. Now, they were asked to dig ditches with the same paddle. (God will never ask you to do anything, unless He has already equipped you to do the job.)

  • ’’How many ditches do I have to dig?”
  • “How deep is a ditch?”


Those questions had to be asked in their minds. Little did they know that the amount of their blessings would be in direct relationship to the number of ditches they dug.

They only desired temporary refreshment. God desired not only to refresh them but to give them total victory over their enemy. He wanted them to have complete dominion over their enemy.


2 Kings 3:18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.

2 Kings 3:19 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.

2 Kings 3:20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.

2 Kings 3:21 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border.

2 Kings 3:22 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood:

2 Kings 3:23 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.

2 Kings 3:24 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.

2 Kings 3:25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it.

2 Kings 3:26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.

Little did Israel know, that although they didn’t see the rain nor feel the wind, that somewhere off in the mountains, it would storm and the water would flow down the mountainside bringing a wall of water through the valley, filling up their ditches.

You may feel that you are skilled, yet your abilities are not utilized. You are asked to do things beneath your station in life. Things you even find embarrassing. Things like cutting up sandwiches for serving after church. Things like teaching the Three year olds. Things like going on a Sunday School bus route. Things like teaching a Home Bible Study to the impoverished. Yet know this, the water will come. The blessings will come. The dominion will come. Just be faithful in doing the mundane things.

God’s Bookkeepers makes no mistakes!










Written by Martyn Ballestero

August 20, 2017 at 10:14 pm

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The Form Of A Servant

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The Form Of A Servant

washftJesus Christ could have entered into our world in whatever form or fashion He chose. What He did choose is puzzlement to our carnal thinking. He came as a servant.

Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Phil 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Phil 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:


Why Would He Come To Earth In That Form?

We are not entirely comfortable with this idea. We have been taught that we are Kings and Priests. We expect others to bow down and recognize our high position. The egos of God-fearing creatures suffer quiet a shock when we read that Godly and esteemed men in the New Testament did not think of themselves as someone of high degree or importance.


These Men Plainly Said They Were Servants.

  • James 1:1, James a servant
  • 2 Pet. 1:1, Simon Peter a servant
  • Jude 1, Jude a servant
  • Rev. 1:1, His servant John
  • Psa. 36:0, David the servant of the Lord
  • Job 1:8, My servant Job
  • Deut. 34:5, Moses the servant of the Lord
  • 1 Cor. 9:19, Paul – I made myself a servant


The Attitude Of A Servant Is Everything,  Don’t Serve The Master Begrudgingly, Or It Will Show.

Psalm 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness:


How Will We Be Remembered As A Servant?

A. In The Bible There Are Faithful Servants

  1. Elisha – Known for pouring water on Elijah’s hands
  2. Naaman’s Maid – Known for being a faithful witness in captivity.
  3. Phebe – Romans 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

B. In The Bible There Are Also Unfaithful Servants

  1. Gehazi – The greedy servant
  2. The ‘slothful servant’

The whole idea of being a servant goes against every goal and dream of our flesh. We desire to be served and waited on, not the other way around.


There’s A Difference Between Wearing A Bib Or Wearing An Apron.

A baby wears a bib. The wearing of the bib says, serve me, I can’t serve myself. Only mature people wear aprons. An apron signifies that its wearer is ready and competent to serve. God is looking for us to mature into apron wearers, not stay a bib wearer all our life.

What Do We Have On?

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Our Servant-Hood

As servants, we are not allowed to sit on the sidelines and watch. There is ALWAYS work to do, and we must do what He asks.

Being A Servant Is All About:

  • Submission
  • Obedience
  • Service

The Language Of Servant-hood

  1. “Not my will, but thine be done.”
  2. “Yes Lord.”
  3. “I must decrease, so that He might increase.”

As Servants, We Must:

  • Never expect riches
  • Never expect to be bragged on.
  • Never expect earthly rewards
  • Work so that only the Master receives the Glory


Bible Servants Who Are Never Mentioned By Name. 

They gave themselves to the master and worked without any recognition or applause.

Building Solomon’s Temple, There Were:

Laborers And Lumberjacks

  • 70,000 that just carried burdens
  • 80,000 that chopped down trees and hauled them to Jerusalem

2 Chronicles 2:18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain…


They slept in the bushes will doing work for the King. They never got to eat or drink from the vessels they produced. They were servants.

1 Chronicles 4:23 These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.


In the lower deck or hold of the ships worked men who spent their time at sea below deck. Theirs was the worst job at sea. They were the caulkers. Their job was to stop any leak in the ship.

If water began to seep in anywhere, it was the job of the caulker to soak hemp or rope in pitch and wedge it into the crack to stop the leak. Pitch or tar is sticky and discoloring at best.

  • The caulkers didn’t have solvents to clean their hand or clothes.
  • No doubt their hands were constantly stained or sticky.
  • The caulkers didn’t know how to read a sextant and pilot the ship.
  • Their job was to keep the boat afloat while the Captain received all the praise.
  • Yet, if it wasn’t for their faithful labor, they boat might well sink.

Ezekiel 27:9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.


The Master Always Has A Problem When His Servant Become…

  • Puffed Up
  • Arrogant
  • Rebellious
  • Un-teachable
  • Un-responsive
  • Unproductive


Servants Never Stop

Servants Never Retire

Servants Work Till They Die

Servants Work Where The Master Tells Them

Servants Work When The Master Tells Them

Servants Are Not Their Own

Servants Don’t Wait To Be Told Twice


Some Servants Are:

  • Kings
  • Prophets
  • Apostles
  • In Leadership – Moses
  • Pastors
  • Evangelists
  • Saints
  • Old
  • Young
  • No Exemptions From His Service Are Allowed Because Of Our ‘Importance or Position.”


Servants Are Expected To Serve Willingly

  • Jesus simply said, “Follow Me.”


The Most Wonderful Words A Servant Will Ever Hear.

Mt 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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He Gambled With His Life

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He Gambled With His Life.

He was born into a world of slavery, so his name was a common slave’s name of the day. They named him Epaphroditus after the Greek god, Aphrodite. His name, among other things, meant lovely, beautiful or charming.

No Christian would ever give their child such a name. But it didn’t matter now. He was a first generation follower of Christ.

His Background

He was born and raised in Philippi. He had received the Holy Ghost and was baptized in Jesus Name in the church that was started after the imprisonment and then the deliverance of Paul and Silas. His church just happened to be in the very city that Nero lived.

Nero was a most perverted emperor who crucified Christians regularly and killed them just for sport. Yet, somehow he could not stop the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christians could even be found in his own household.

It is thought that Epaphroditus was a man of means and respected by those in the congregation. It is known, however, that he was a delegate of the church and was their personal representative to the Apostle Paul.

Paul Got Arrested

About A.D. 61 word had been received in Philippi, that Paul was unjustly imprisoned in Rome, some 800 miles away. (According to Roman custom, if he were not actually in prison, at least he would be placed under some kind of house arrest, and chained to a Roman Soldier. Phil 1:13)

As a prisoner, Paul now had no opportunity to make tents and sell them. He certainly desperately needed help on many levels. He needed money, he was writing letters (Epistles) to churches, and there was no one to minister to his personal health needs.

The church family of Philippi took up a love offering for Paul, and commissioned Epaphroditus to deliver the money and minister to whatever needs Paul may have.

Epaphroditus readily took that commission to heart, and carried it out the best of his ability.

Whatever Paul needed, Epaphroditus obtained for him. Serving Paul was the honor of his life. This was the man who had brought the Gospel to his city and was greatly punished for it. This man was his hero, so he served him willingly.

If the Apostle Paul had never visited Philippi, Epaphroditus most likely would still be living in sin. That thought could not be erased from his mind.

Epaphroditus knew well the meaning of living outside of his life. His background now came to the foreground. He was a slave by birth, now he was a voluntary love slave unto the work of the Lord. He had the heart of a servant, and it showed.

He served Paul diligently day and night without even stopping to take care of himself. He never looked at his work as sacrifice. He willingly served. He burned the candle of his life at both ends.


Here Is What Paul Wrote To The Church At Philippi:

Phil 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

Phil 2:26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.

Phil 2:27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

Phil 2:28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.

Phil 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:

Phil 2:30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.

Paul Called Epaphroditus His:

  1. Brother
  2. Companion
  3. Fellow Soldier

It is commonly believed that Epaphroditus was retired after serving the mandatory twenty-five years in the Roman Army.

He was the kind of man who would rather burn out, than rust out. He didn’t just retire. He refocused and threw himself into the work of the Lord. His local church had seen that willingness in him and chose him to represent them, to Paul. He did not let them down.

His Name

Now let’s look again at the name Epaphroditus. Remember I told you that it meant that he was named after the goddess Aphrodite? Aphrodite was the goddess of luck; actually, she was the goddess of luck and the goddess of beauty as well.

And when the Greeks rolled the dice in their games of chance, they would say “Epaphroditus” as they rolled the dice. His name not only meant Beautiful, but Luck.

A Servant Doesn’t Quit

  • A servant doesn’t quit just because the task is hard.
  • A servant doesn’t quit just because he is tired.
  • A servant just doesn’t quit.


Epaphroditus Gave All

All Epaphroditus knew to do was to give himself to the work of God, no matter how lowly the service. He gave his all and his health as well. He almost died. A man called Beautiful risked his life for the work of the Lord. A man called Luck risked everything for the work of the Lord. He did it without thinking twice about it.

What If Epaphroditus Attended Our Church? Would He…

  1. Show up for the Epaphroditus workday at the church?
  2. Show up for Visitation?
  3. Teach Home Bible Studies?
  4. Make sure the Church was clean and ready for service?
  5. Volunteer, or have to be recruited?
  6. Freely minister to the needs of his Man of God?
  7. Ask if there was anything else he could do?

Lord, Give Us Another Epaphroditus!

Lord, If You Need Another Epaphroditus, Send Me!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm

The Veterans Of That Other War

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The Veterans Of That Other War

I am proud to be an American. My body still gets that special chill at the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. I stand when it is played. I also place my hand over my heart. I have no problem with the Pledge of Allegiance and saying “under God”.

I highly honor all who have served our great country. I owe you a great debt. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Howard Davis - Navy

Eric Marxer - Marines

My father-in-law, Bishop Howard H. Davis served in the Navy in WWII. My brother-in-law, Eric Marxer served in the Marines. I am proud of them and their service. I continue to enjoy freedoms because of them and others like them. I thank them especially today.

When I see a military person in the mall, airport or restaurant, I always thank them for serving our country. I even thank policemen for serving and protect our community. Their responses are always heartfelt.

If then, I take the time to thank the men and women, who serve my community and my country, why stop there? Why not thank those today who have given their years serving the Lord.

I thank every minister of the Gospel. But, I also wish to thank the faithful saints of God for remaining faithful in your service to the Lord. You have faithfully served Him through trials, sickness, compromise, rejection, rumors, and turmoil at church, on the job and at home. You have served Him when you’ve had to stand all by yourself. You have lived the life.

You have served without being honored or recognized. You have been faithful and fought the good fight of faith. Someday you will hear, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

Today, I salute you and thank you for your service to the Lord.


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November 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

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