A man had just finished reading the book Man of the House while riding the commuter train home from work. When he reached home, he stormed into the house and walked directly up to his wife. Pointing his finger in her face, he said, "From now on I want you to know that I am the man of this house and my word is law! You are to prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I'm finished eating my meal, I expect a sumptuous dessert afterward. Then, after dinner, you're going to draw my bath so I can relax. And when I'm finished with my bath, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?" His wife thought for a moment and responded, "The funeral director is my guess."
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;”
As believers, we are called to serve. It is how we express our love and obedience for God and others. I like how verse 9 frames the next couple of verses. We choose to do what is good, serving God and others. It’s a choice. We can talk about loving God or put on the pretense of loving God, but it’s seen in our service, so let our love be without hypocrisy. And before you start judging others and their motivations for service, don’t go there, deal with the person in the mirror. What is the good choice? Serving the Lord, but look at what is involved in serving the Lord. Kindness, honor, giving preference to others, diligence and fervent in Spirit means that we’re putting others before ourselves, not as an obligation, not as a show, and not half-heartedly. No, we are to serve out of a burning heart of love for the Lord and our neighbor.