"For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he puts down one, and exalts another." Psalm 75:6-7 KJV

Promotion comes from God not men. Embracing this passage will help keep you free from the fear of men in your service to others. Allowing this truth to sink into your life and heart will keep you free from offence. Most offences are caused when you don't get what you expect from others. Luke 17:7-10 reminds us to expect results but not rewards or gratitude from those we serve. Remember that Jesus healed ten lepers yet only one returned to give thanks (Lk. 17:11-19) and you are not greater than your master! (Jn. 15:20).

An important aspect of laying down our lives in service to others involves serving without expecting gratitude in return. This principle will keep your heart free from offence: with men 'expect nothing and be thankful for everything'.

Serving 'Jesus style' means you no longer serve or live for gratitude or reward from men, but rather to hear "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" on that day (Mat. 25:21).