Serving God and Not Men

Serving God and Not Men

Don’t serve out of a need, but serve because you believe you have been God-sent to fulfill their need.

Colossians 3:23-24 says, ” Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Usher Ministry Pre-service meeting for Ministry Sunday

I remember deriving a piece from this verse for our speech choir presentation in the Usher Ministry. Being a doorkeeper of the Lord’s kingdom is tough, it takes a lot of humbling down to fulfill others’ needs. Our leaders in the ministry would always remind us of these, and I’m very much thankful I have a spiritual family apart from my own family. 

God handpicked us not to be one of his angels, but more than that, to be His child. And His children follow him, and so it is written: 

“Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.” 1 John 2:7-10

(Work photo covering a Lechon Fest (Work can have full of temptations to have more! Millennial Entitlement Mindset! 😔)

God’s mighty work in us cannot be completed if we do not learn to love others, and by others, it could mean people whom we totally don’t know or people whom we think we know, but just really didn’t take time to listen. I really hope that this blog would not just be an avenue for readers to be encouraged, to feel good and to get, but to be determined to share the love that God has given to them.

Aside from being a servant of God, he has called us to preach, to make disciples of His Word, and the reason for this became very evident to me in Psalms 78:4: “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might; and the wonders he has done. “

This was the confirmation I got from God when I asked if I should serve in the children’s ministry as well, and the meaning became so much more than that. 

Junior class in our children’s church (Crafts, the activity with their longest attention span! 😂)

There was a big thought bubble in my head: “God could have just punished us and killed us with his justice, which could have been the end, or Jesus could have shown himself raised to life, floating in air among the presence of the Pharisees and governors and they could have all bowed them in fear, but because our Father in heaven loved us even when we rebelled, even when we know what is right and still doing the wrong thing, He sent Jesus instead to bear our sins.”

Jesus could have done the work of the disciples, in fact it would have been faster and easier with the greatest authority He has been given, but He let us partake in the work, because He knew and have accepted us to be his brothers and sisters. He loved us, and in this way, serving with God side by side and sending His spirit to watch over us, their love for us could be complete. 

Family! (The hardest most left out ministry! Guilt-trip 😁)

Befriending new faces. (Second on the list; we mostly look for people who like what we like; try to geniunely appreciate new faces and you’ll gain a lasting bond!)

This made me realize the importance of delegating responsibilities to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We love them so we have fellowship with them, we serve them, we fulfill each others needs. I’m not talking supplying them with a lot of things, but being there to listen to them, training them to be Christ-like and mentoring them for them to become a blessing to others. Just like planting seeds on good soil. 

Are you doing the work of Jesus’ Ministry?


iVolunteer or HisCalling?

iVolunteer or HisCalling?

I was cleaning the cabinet under the sink one day and noticed just how much filthy it was; there was just so much work to be done, that wiping it alone wouldn’t help much, it needed to be remodeled. 

Have you ever been through your day stuck up on tasks that need to be marked? There’s just so much chaos, that you needed to do it right away. 

This is much like volunteering. One moment you’re inspired to help, and the next day you see stones being thrown at you and yes, that’s what they call character building. Pessimism? Well this is reality. 


Problem Solving.

Give. Share. Feed. 

But no matter how hard you try, you can never satisfy yourself or others because true satisfaction is submitting to God’s purpose in your life alone.

Yeah, we get frustrated, weary, angry and all these whirlwind of emotions, but if you think you will be the one who to make the change, then you just might be thrown overboard into a sea of desperation and despair.

So many things to do, so busy cleaning up just like the mess from the kitchen cabinet under the sink, that’s what we go through most of the time. 

It can take forever, but if you know you’re loving and growing into that role no matter what life throws at you, then it’s a Calling.

A Calling is not limited to a religious pursuit, it’s not something you decided on yourself either, but it’s a strong conviction from the Word of God that this is what He wants you to do.  Sometimes we misunderstand this context. At times, we force our own dreams and use God’s Word to support it when it should be the other way around.

How can God use us if we have not totally surrendered our lives to Him? 

Mark 8:34-38, ESV says, “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

God doesn’t require us to just follow in His ways, He wants us to be bold in following His Word. We can do a lot of good things and be of great help to people, but if we fail to recognize God’s plan in our life and walk in it, we will be rejected on the day when Jesus comes again to bring judgment into the world.

 1 Corinthains 10:18-22, ESV “Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”

You can’t choose both, we can’t serve two masters. It’s either we follow God and give up our fleshly desires or follow the devil and be on our way to the path of destruction. 

How is this connected to our Calling? 

We were designed to serve our King, to be an instrument of love, to be used by Him to glorify him alone. 

Examine your dreams, are they glorifying God in any way or have they been above our Calling as Children of God? Where does all your time go? To an idol or to God? Examine your heart carefully. 

Mark 10:21,ESV “And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”