Eye service in the church
Welcome back to my blog, I'm so glad you clicked on this link. I love you so much. This week, I want to encourage someone to take time to evaluate their service to God. Is it about your pastor or is it really about God?
23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, 24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).
There is a line between honouring your spiritual leader and making them gods. It’s important to appreciate them, take care of them, love them, ensure they lack nothing because they feed you spiritually. As a matter of fact, I am a big advocate for taking care of spiritual leaders and it is scriptural to honour them. (I will do a post on this topic very soon)
1 Timothy 5:17 (TLB)
Pastors who do their work well should be paid well and should be highly appreciated, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching
However, be careful not to make them your gods because they brought the good news to you. You are a follower of Jesus not a follower of your pastor. Being a follower of a Pastor is nothing to be boastful about. You must see them as the servant of God that they are. They are only doing the work God has sent them to spread the gospel and help you grow spiritually. THE FOCUS IS CONSTANTLY GOD!
I have heard people say "if not for pastor I won't do this, if not for pastor I won't do that." It is very sad to hear this line for seasoned believers, I mean if it comes from a baby Christian I can understand but from seasoned believers, really? We all need to do better and be better. If you ever find yourself doing something in church because you want your pastor to acknowledge you or see you as an active person, you have to cut it out! Please, stop it!
13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Remember, when it’s time for your works to be rewarded on judgement day it will pass through thorough and rigorous investigation! If your works are found to be fake and not of value it will be thrown out! There will be no crown for works that can’t stand the thorough investigation. You won’t be thrown out, but imagine having no rewards because you did it for pastor and not for God. Sad right?
Again, we need to reevaluate the way we view our service in our churches. Let me clarify something, you don't serve God because you want to earn his approval or you want to get things from him or you want his love. You have his approval and love already. You are crafted with gifts and a purpose, by God, for His kingdom. Specifically, you are "created in Christ Jesus for good works." Good works do not give salvation, they are the results of salvation. The amazing thing that you should note is this - God has already given you the power and desire to please. The pressure is not on you but on God, all you need to do is yield.
Philippians 2:13 (NLT)
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Interestingly, God prepared what he wanted you to do for him before we were created. You do not need to copy what someone else has done or is doing. You are all uniquely created with gifts to please God in your own way. He has a unique plan for you to serve him in this world. His unique plan for you comes with spiritual gifts. Your gifts and the working of the Holy Spirit equips you for service to Him. ( I will do a blog post on spiritual gifts someday 😃)
I really hope this inspires you to serve in church with God at the centre than to seek your Pastors praise and attention. The pastor is not the one that gives eternal gifts, God gives these gifts. If you haven't started serving in your church already please start today! Use your gifts and talents to serve God. If the department you desire hasn't been established yet, work with your leaders to form a team. It could be a dance team, photography, welfare, or poetry. Don't tag your talents as useless to the body of Christ, every gift you have can be used for the building of the church and the sharing of the gospel.
- Service is not charity work; it’s a privilege to use what God has blessed you with to build up the church and spread the gospel. Please give your time to something that has eternal value, you may not reap the benefits now but the eternal rewards are guaranteed! Your day job does not matter if it's not in line with your purpose.
- Service is a privilege; you are not helping the church but simply doing the work of your father. The only thing you take to heaven is your commitment to God and commitment to kingdom matters. Not your career or business but your service.
- Humility in service is paramount; you may be the "best" in the world's view but remember all works will be tested.
- You can fake it and fool people but God sees your heart; search your intentions and ensure your service is for God, he will definitely help you do more for his kingdom. I appeal to you, work with a sincere heart to quality service that will stand the testing fire. Drop your will, allow the word of God to break you, to mould you and reshaped you.
- God has always wanted the intimacy of children and not the service of slaves. He wants you to serve in his house because of the love you have for him and not because you are afraid of repercussions. The law threatens but because we are under the dispensation of grace, we are equipped to understand that our gifts should be used to please God. The love of God is a much more motivation that fear. Fear of discipline from pastor can motivate but however is short-lived because love is a better motivator.
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