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GREATNESS IN SERVICE

Sunday 23rd September, 2018

Bible readings
Jeremiah 11:18-20
James 4:4-11
Mark 9:33-37

Hymn of meditation: PH 146
To us, Jesus gave His life,
Example, He set for us.
His Word shows us what to do,
Lay our lives for others here.

Servers are needed! We were created unto service. It is our duty given by God. Adam, from the beginning, was given the responsibility to name all the animals in the Garden of Eden. It was such an honour. God wanted us to share in His creation so He also granted man the opportunity to bare children; He could have created more human beings by Himself but chose to give us the honour to share in His creation. If you are alive and in the land of the living today, it is so that you can serve God.

God is not a hard taskmaster who is trying to reap where He has not sown. The talents and gifts He has given us are not only for our sakes, but to serve Him in return through service to our fellow man. Never think that hiding your talent will deny the church and the world of its major function or existence; be rather grateful for that talent by using it to serve dutifully, be it your voice to sing in the choir or any other.

The devil is the hard taskmaster manifesting his works all around us in the many killings, armed robbery and the rest. God is the one who came to bring us life in excess.

Service is an honour to which people are struggling all the time especially to serve in Government. If it is an honour to work for humanity, how about service to the living God?

  • Greatness in service begins from the heart. One must first and foremost be a Christian. We were made for good works in Christ but sin tarnished everything, which is why our good works are now like filthy rags before the Lord (Isaiah 64:6). If you want your service to attract a reward, you must be a Christian. This is because a heart untouched by God is desperately wicked. It is an honour to become a Christian because one day, we will be judges of the angels.
  • Who are you working for today? Who has employed you? There is no middle zone in this life. You are either working for God or the devil. The one you are working for shows forth through the fruits of your life. The devil has been a liar from the beginning and anyone who lies has him for a father.

John 8:44
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies”

Dear Christian friends, service entails work. After the fall, man was made to work out a living for himself through the sweat and toil of his labour. So, service will always entail work.

Unfortunately, work has been categorised under menial, manual work, white-colour jobs and others. Due to this categorization, people look down on those doing some particular types of jobs and accord respect to others. God, however, sanctified all kinds of work. Christ was a carpenter; He learnt His father’s trade. Paul was a tentmaker, God Himself worked to create the world. Servers are indeed needed!

In a place I once worked as I Reverend Minister, there were bushes all over so I took it upon myself to clear the weed since nobody cared to do it.
The spirit of volunteerism is dying out in the church today. People need money before they would do the smallest work. There is greatness in service.

As a trader, you must be different from the non-Christians performing the same job. Yours as a Christian must not be solely focused on profit but you must take into account the fact that you are serving humanity. Do not falsify your weighing scales and measuring apparatus. Let your 1kg be 1kg.

Matthew 25:35-40
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

God worked and is still working to keep the whole world. He does not slumber nor sleep. The categories given to work have made it unpleasant for people to engage in service. That is why it is difficult to have people come to sweep the Chapel; but we know that there is a reward for every type of work we do for the Kingdom of God and service to mankind. God is not a man who does not reward his workers. The one who prays for the Pastor or the church will have His reward as Revelation states concerning the prayers of the saints pouring out.

One problem with the church today is the struggle for power, bringing about a lot of backbiting and slandering so as to overtake in position. Lobbying for power and status is sadly becoming the new order.

For your work to be great, it must be done with honesty, integrity and faithfulness. Do not steal the group’s money as a treasurer, work with integrity and contentment. Do not yearn to assume a managerial position of power or to drive the latest car when employed. These result in stealing and embezzlement of funds and indulgence in money rituals and a whole lot of other social vices.

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in the least…”

Unfortunately, we do not want “the least” these days so we shun certain jobs which we consider as below our dignity. The disciples did not bother to wash anybody’s feet in their days because they all wanted to assume positions of greatness but Christ did it in their presence.

Are you one of those who would accept a preaching assignment but will not care to take on sweeping or cleaning the church? Greatness begins with humility. Unfortunately, pride sometimes prevents us from doing what we ought to do even as Christians.

There is greatness in service because it comes with a reward and because the Master did same as an example to us. He likened us to a child who does not bear a grudge for long and fully dependent on their guardian, totally obedient and follow every word. We must serve one another in service to God. So, if you think you are in love with God, you must start loving one another.

Amen!

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