Is This Blog For Me?
Now that we understand what Elisha’s Eyes is and what it is about (read the previous entry for details), you may question whether this blog is for you. You may wonder if you can relate.
This blog is for the servants of God. It will help those that currently serve and those with the desire to do so. Service is more than church attendance. Elisha’s service to Elijah prepared him to serve God. He was able to sit and learn from the Elder Prophet and his service to God.
Google defines service as the action of doing work for someone.
Romans 12:1 [KJV]
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.
Everyone that considers themselves a believer in Christ Jesus, is called to serve God. That service is evident in your life; holiness. This is the entry level position for any Christian. The structure of the church today has falsified service as only in the pulpit. However, we are all called to serve the Lord with our lives.
In regard to serving in your local church or body, I believe that every person should commit to one. The scripture says to not forsake the assembling of the brethren (Hebrews 10:25 KJV). Sadly, people have made the reason for not coming to church based on the action of men. But, if God was your pursuit in the first place, why have people stopped you? I’ll let that marinate.
I know that the church is the people and not a building. Let’s not get deep. But, when I refer to church, I mean the church where the Pastor is living holy, and the leaders are living holy, and the people are striving for holiness and they all come together to worship the Lord. An assembling of real believers. I am not talking about what some call church. The church is described in the Word. To be honest, there are very few real churches. So, I can understand if someone is looking for a church home, and in the process of doing so. But, don’t give up on church all together. If you have, ask the Lord to lead you to where you need to be.
People really humor me with their excuses to not attend church. People tolerate workplaces with all kind of conditions. They will remain in relationships that have all kind of problems. But, when it comes to the House of God, we will leave for the smallest of reasons. People have placed their value in the wrong place. The paycheck is valued greater than the commandments of God. This is a problem.
People have never been perfect as man defines perfection, so NO church will be perfect. Like any family, which is what the body of Christ is, there will be glitches. There will be disagreements. Someone may hurt you. Someone may offend you. This is not a church issue, this is a human issue. No matter what type of relationship you have there will be ups and downs. Some have the misconception that the church is a perfect place. Indeed, it is a hospital, but we visit hospitals all the time where the nurses have colds, unseen sicknesses, or have bad days. They are human like us. We are made in the image of God, but we are not God.
If disagreements arise, do what the Bible says, and talk about them. If someone has offended you, tell them. If you think you have offended someone, ask. This is a part of serving God. Often, it’s not what we say that is the problem, it’s how we say it.
I will not lie to you and say that I have never been tempted to walk out on serving. There is a temptation to walk out on everything. We are tempted to walk off jobs, marriages, relationships, and so many other things. Even Pastors are tempted to walk out. This temptation has been presented to us all. No one is exempt. In serving the Lord, He gives us grace and mercy in our humanity and we should extend the same to our brothers and sisters. This is why Paul said he had to, “Press toward the mark.” Serving God and Christ is not easy, if it were, many more would do it.
The purpose of this blog is to bring clarity to servant-hood. Many problems in the church are from a lack of knowledge. Of course, rejecting knowledge and truth will call for a greater reaction from God, but if He sends help to enlighten us, receive it.
I want to share something with you: Have you ever heard someone say, “I am a slave to Christ?” When looking at the King James Version (KJV), God never referred to His people as slaves. I love the KJV of the bible. Check it for yourself. Some versions have changed servant to slaves, only as servants. Slaves are forced. Servants have been employed. This means, God will never force anyone to do anything. He said, “Whosever will let them take the water of life freely,” (Rev 22:17 KJV). Being a servant of God is an act of your will. It comes with reward and honor. This is not a position to be looked down upon because a servant is the greatest in the Kingdom.
I hope that will ease your mind on whether this blog is for you.
This is what you can expect from this blog:
· To learn more about serving the Lord and your leader.
· To have your character shaped and challenged.
· To learn of some issues that arise in the body and ministry family.
You can expect me to:
· Stand for the real leaders that care about your soul.
· Refute the lies of the enemy.
· Most of all, give God all the Glory.
Thank you for taking the time to read what the Lord has given me.
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