I love how Paul concludes Philippians with the phrase, “Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever, Amen.” Paul ends this beautiful letter word a word pf praise to the Father. The church could have been quick to praise Paul for this letter and the guidance it contains. Paul wants the glory to go to the Father. It amazes me that God allows us any part of His work. He calls us to salvation, gives us gifts to serve Him, empowers us for service, opens opportunities for service, produces fruit from our labors, and adds to our rewards from our faithfulness. Can you see it’s all about Him? How gracious He is to allow us a part in His work. All that He asks of us is faithfulness. In 1 Corinthians 4:2 Paul says, “It is expected of managers that each one be found faithful.”
God’s pleasure in our service for Him is not about what we do or what we accomplish. It is measured upon faithfulness. He calls some to more noticeable tasks, others to less public service. In the Father’s books, rewards are given for faithfulness. It is all His work. It is all for His glory.