Title: IS WORKING FOR AND SERVING GOD THE SAME?
So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your daysExodus 23:25-26
For me, the pinnacle of a believer’s life should be the fervency in his pursuit of God. Having started with that, allow me to submit to you that, the way God sees and accesses our service to Him might be different from the way humans define service to God. Can you define why fellowshipping together with other brethren in a church setting is called “service” too?
Okay, we might define service as working for someone, waiting upon someone to meet their needs and satisfy them, as a duty we offer to them for payment or because of some other obligations. I believe this may sum up our definition of service (you may have yours though). So, when we tell folks we are serving God, the picture they get may range from doing stuff for God in a local church, carrying out religious activities and/or ministry, in a way that God will pay us for.
As faithful as God is, it’s true that whoever serves Him will be paid. His word confirms that. – Ex. 23:25-26, Job 36:11, Heb. 6:10, etc. Yet, there are a lot of people seemingly “serving” the Lord yet not being recognised for any “payment” or reward. Their lives continually remain the same way it has always been. They’ll wash the church, attend to church needs and programs, stoop to the lowest without blinking, all good works being done well, yet, nothing happens. Why?
In Job 36:11, do well to notice that obedience was connected to service. In Isaiah 1:19, willingness and obedience becomes criteria for eating the good in the land. In Philippians 2:13, we are told that in order to even do what pleases God (which is what serving Him truly entails), He is actually the One that will “work it in us“– in our hearts that is.
What does this mean then? It means that, we mustn’t be carried away being busy working for the Person we aren’t submitted to. Obedience connotes submission to authority. Many folks are sweeping and cleaning up the house of a God they aren’t submitted to. Many folks are very committed to religious activities without being committed to God. In fact, with the way our world is going now, some can’t even tell the difference. But there is a difference. Yes, there is.
It begins by sincerely submitting the lordship of our lives over to the Lord God. Here, He is crowned supreme upon the thrones of our hearts and commands the ship of our existence. So, nothing is done outside the Lord’s influence. My speech, friends, dressings, locations, everything about me is targeted to one thing: to bring pleasure to my Lord. Now that’s service. Here, when you’re working, it’s no longer because you want to be noticed or paid or promoted, but simply because you want to be found pleasing your Lord and Master. – Luke 17:10
But, does God pay? I said that earlier already; yes, He does very much. Let us do service with our hearts and living than just with our hands, having a lifestyle that is channeled towards satisfying His pleasure. Cleaning chairs for that purpose, preaching Christ for that purpose, working and associating for that purpose. This is our service and He will bless us.
Can you safely say today that you’re serving God or just working for Him?
You can pray this with me if you’re not sure and say, “Father, today, I submit my heart and its lordship over to you. I forfeit my command over my life from today and hand it to you. Take it all. I submit myself to be your servant where everything I am and own is yours and yours to control. In this, cause me to find satisfaction that this world cannot give while still remaining humble and accepted in your presence, in Jesus name, amen.”
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