“Obedience” – “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. ‘Test me in this,’ says the LORD ALMIGHTY, and see if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour you out a blessing that you will not have room enough to receive it”; (Mal. 3:10). Tithing is a great teaching tool, it teaches us obedience. Give unto God a portion of what He has given to you. It is very difficult for most people to give away a portion of their money without getting a return. When the concept of tithing is not longer a problem, the lesson of sowing and reaping is understood. In God’s Kingdom, we reap what we sow, later than we sow, more than what was sown. God is able to produce a crop 30, 60, or 100 times what was sown; (Matt. 13:8; Mark 4:8). The Lord invites believers to test him in this principle. Your obedience proves your true heart towards God.
“Faith” – “We walk by faith and not by sight”; (1 Cor. 5:7). The Christian journey is a walk of faith. Sometimes walking by faith requires a leap of faith on our part; and like Peter, sometimes we have to get out of the boat and walk on water; (Matt. 14:29). We know that God will catch us when we fall. He is forever faithful, even when we are faithless. Having faith is essential to the Christian’s walk, because without faith it is impossible to please God; (Luke 1:37).
“Serve” (Service) – Serving others is what Jesus was sent to do. He did not come on his own according, He came to do the will of His Father; (John 12:49). Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds; (Ps. 147:3). He came to heal the sick, set the captives free, and deliver those who are in bondage. There are many people today who are lost and have no hope. Millions are sick and are in need of a healer. Believers are the hands and feet of Jesus, sent to a dying world. We are commissioned to tell others of the love of God, and the free gift of salvation which is available to all who will received Jesus as their Savior. Believers are not just saved for the sake of salvation, we are all commission to go and serve others.
“The Lazy Christian”
In the Parable of the Talents, each servant was awarded talents according to their abilities. The talents ranged from five to one. The servant who received one talent feared losing it, so he dug a hole in the ground and buried it. After a long time the master of the servants returned and settled accounts with them. The servant who had received the one talent told his master, “I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground,” and he handed him the one talent. His Master replied, “You wicked lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.” He ordered that the talent be taken from him and given to the servant who had prospered his five talents to ten. Then the master ordered that the servant be thrown into the darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth; (Matt. 25:14-30).
Just as in the Parable of the Talents, all Christians are called and equipped to be involved in ministry work; (Eph. 4:12). Christ keeps no servant to be idle. Gifts and talents are given to every Christian. A lazy Christian is a passive Christian. Talents and spiritual gifts grow in effectiveness with use. Both talents and spiritual gifts should be used for God’s glory, and to minister to others. Don’t bury your gift; use your gifts often and use them wisely.
“The Lukewarm Christian”
In the Book of Revelation, the apostle John shares with us the revelations of Jesus Christ. Seven letters were written to seven different churches, identifying the condition of each church; (Rev. 1:1, 4). The Church of Laodicea is the church that I would like to mention here; (Rev. 3:14-22). In the letter, the Lord described the Church of Laodicea as being “Lukewarm”. He knew their deeds, they were neither hot nor cold; and because of that, the Lord said that he was about to spit them out of his mouth. The Church did not realize that they were wretched, pitiful, poor, spiritually blind, and naked. In summary, the church of Laodicea had become apathetic in their love for Christ. They allowed the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things to come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful; (Mark 4:19). Christ called them to repent and live zealously for Him. They needed to choose for themselves whom they would serve (Josh. 24:15).
This entire message is what being a Chistian is all about. While it is factual that we are saved to serve, there are choices to be made. I find that serving is what I enjoy most in my daily Christian walk, that is, after my daily communion with God. Fellowshiping with my Father gives me joy, assurance and brings me comfort, there is nothing else that compares to that. Serving others and teaching God’s Word fills me because this is my gift from God in aid to the advancement of His Kingdom. Believers must make the choice as to whom they will serve. If God, then serve Him. Compromise is not an option. Choose to serve God with gladness of heart and you will find joy and peace for your soul.
Blessings to you my friends!
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