Genesis 29:15 KJV
And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?
Christlikeness is: gratefulness and fairness.
There are two men here with two distinct actions. It’s implied that Jacob had been working for Laban. It’s most probably the way Jacob showed gratitude and appreciation for the accommodation Laban gave him. Laban on the other hand didn’t take advantage of Jacob, at least at this point of their relationship. He wanted to compensate Jacob for his services.
There are so many people in my life I owe so much to. I owe them a great deal of debt of gratitude. People who didn’t give up on me when I was on the wrong path, people who invested their time, money, and energy to provide what I needed when I wasn’t on any position to reciprocate their Good Samaritan acts – there are many of them. I can definitely show my appreciation by willingly serving them. I also need to make sure that I don’t take advantage of other people’s debt of gratitude if the roles were reversed. It will be noble to compensate them for their services especially when or if I’m capable.
Dear God, may I be grateful and fair, in Jesus’ Name, amen.