The Sunday Mail
BLESSED regards to you. We enter the week of Easter and as Christians we must always be cognisant of the significance of The Cross of Calvary and what Christ attained for us.
That great sacrifice of giving up His life for ours should also act as motivation for us to sacrifice more for the greater good for example to work now so you can play later.
Many young people of today do not understand or believe in the principle of hard work and laying a solid foundation for a better future. Unfortunately many tend to believe in the fast life or that by some miracle one becomes a millionaire. Thank God for Jesus Christ who showed us that to attain anything of value one has to sacrifice.
We have been looking at Romans 12:1 which says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Last week we looked at being “reasonable”; today we will look at “service”.
Service is defined as an act of help or assistance; another definition is to be used by (utility). In Matthew 6:24 our Lord Jesus says, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
The question becomes: who do you serve? Or rather, who is your master? A master is defined as one who has general authority over others.
Who or what system are you assisting? Who is using you as a utility? What has authority over you? Is it debt, fear, lust, money, food, drugs?
Whoever your master is they are in control of your life. One way to recognise your master is to observe what Dr Mike Murdoch says: “You can only be promoted by someone whose instructions you have followed.”
Your life right now is a mirror and we can tell whose instructions you have followed by observing where promotion has manifested. For instance some have excelled in being stubborn, or being argumentative. Some boast of how good they are at getting any girl or boy they want.
Some have excelled in violence, while others are professionals in manipulation or lying.
I am sure you are getting the picture. Many people call themselves Christians or claim that their values include integrity and honesty and so forth. I would like you to be honest with yourself because who you serve determines where you end up in life.
There are only two systems in life: either you are serving God or you are not.
In 1 Kings 19:20-21 Elisha leaves a very lucrative lifestyle as an heir to a thriving business to serve Elijah. Today we know Elisha as one of the greatest prophets that ever lived. One can argue that it was easy for Elisha since Elijah was a man of God. Well look at Joseph who served as a slave to first Potiphar, then to the jail warden and finally Pharaoh.
Joseph faithfully served them with a clean conscience but knowing that how he served this ungodly men was a way of showing who was in his heart. The apostle Paul instructs us to work as though we are working for God Almighty.
In your work place or in school, are you the best example of what a believer is. Can your leader stand and say this is best example of one who knows how to serve God? We can justify our attitude by claiming that our boss or leader is not a Christian – but that is no argument at all.
David served Saul, someone who was trying to kill him. Imagine your boss is throwing spears and javelins at you and when that fails he gets the best trained soldiers in the army to hunt you down and kill you?
All this happened and David was totally innocent yet because David had made a decision to serve God in his heart his actions were dictated by his master.
In Numbers 22 there is a talented man called Balaam, highly anointed and had a very bright future ahead of him.
A king named Balak approached and offered him huge money for him to violate his principles by using his gift to curse the children of God.
After a lot of persuading Balaam took the money. Ultimately he failed to curse the children of God and he lost his life in brutal fashion.
Who do you serve?
One very simple example is that of Jesus Christ. He constantly spoke of coming “to do the Father’s will”. At a time when Jesus was at the prime of His carrier as a carpenter He leaves a thriving business to serve in ministry.
After three years Jesus is the talk of the town he is performing miracles left right and centre, he has multitudes following Him, Jesus is “The main man”.
It is at that point that His master sends Him in a direction that even He did not want to go. In John 19, Jesus says, “not my will but yours be done”.
Today what are you saying? How do you make decisions? What moves you or sways you? Be honest with yourself, your future depends on it. Make a decision today just like Jesus who chose to serve The One True Master. It seemed like that was the wrong choice when He was on the cross but three days later Jesus had the last laugh. Serving God comes with many sacrifices but I guarantee you the benefits by far outweigh the consequences.
That is all for now, till next week. God bless.
Tinashe Zinyemba is a pastor with New Life Covenant Church. Feedback: [email protected]