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.”
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.
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.
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?