Servants, Remember to LIVE for God
Thank you all for your continued support. As many of you have read, my husband and I recently welcomed our new baby boy. I'm in the latter stages of recovery and I thank you for your patience.
If this is your first time reading Elisha’s Eyes, welcome. This is a blog about servanthood in God; an area in God that I feel is greatly misunderstood but has the greatest reward.
Everyone who accepts Christ has been called to a service of holiness and righteousness unto the Lord. But, this blog specifically deals with those that have been called to a greater level of responsibility. Some call them leaders, clergy, etc. Anyone can take something from this blog but my target is to minister to those that have been called to ministry (service). I have trained leaders and served for almost 10 years under my Pastor; so, there is a lot that the Lord has imparted in me and He desires for me to pour that into others.
As I sought the Lord on what to write to you all, I felt led to simply give you a reminder. That is: Live for God. You may ask, what does that mean? What I have experienced is that once the Lord has placed a call, anointing, or assignment on a vessel, we sometimes can get consumed in that. We get so busy in attempting to do the will of God that our personal relationship begins to dwindle. We know church, we know functioning in church, but we have lost our intimacy and passion for God. Our personal prayer time dulls. Worship and praise are only in church and eventually we become the position. In becoming the position, you can begin to live life from the position. Some, for example, begin to talk and walk like a stereotypical clergyman, and lose the individuality God gave them.
Proverbs 3:6 tells us that in all our ways we are to acknowledge God. But sometimes, we (servants) acknowledge the position over the God of the position. For example, the same God that placed us in that position is the same God that commanded us to love one another. But, for the sake of our position we will love in public and hate privately in our hearts, forgetting that God can see past our smiles. Now don’t misconstrue what I am saying, because there is a certain way that we as leaders are to conduct ourselves. But genuine servants who are focused on living for God will confess the hate to God so that they can be delivered. This will in turn cause the smile of their obedience to travel to their heart.
Understand, as servants of God we are not exempt from humanity and feelings. But, we are supposed to be mature in not submitting to our flesh. As leaders there are certain sins that we should not be struggling with. We should be placing everything on God’s scale. When you live for God, you will lose a desire for sin. This doesn’t mean speaking in tongues and singing hymns all day. It simply means submitting every part of our lives to Christ. This way we are pleasing when we are operating in our position and when we are not. We will live for God on our jobs, in every relationship, in our alone time, and everywhere. Living for God produces the power in our ministry.
This teaching is about going above the law in our service. This is what separated Jesus’ disciples from the Pharisees. The Pharisees had the position polished but their lack of relationship with God prevented them from truly identifying the Messiah. The Pharisees are examples of operating from their position, but the disciples operated from Jesus.
Living for God keeps us from religious obligation. Religion is simply routine, doing something over and over. So, religious obligation is continually serving God with the “I have to” mentality. This is what I want us to avoid because that is a dangerous line to walk on. That place keeps the person in bondage but God gives freedom. I don’t want us to have the laws and pretenses perfected but have no connection with God. No one should be serving God because someone told them to or because they were raised in church. Your service should come from an active submission of your own life.
Being called to service is not easy. Religion or routine can creep up on any of us at any time. It’s one of the things that I pray against often. But when I feel it knocking, I cast it away, and return to the place where it’s just me and God.
If you find yourself reading this and know that you have lost life in your service, there is a way to get it back. Living for God is found nowhere else but in the love of God. When you love God, you live for Him. When you live for Him, you serve Him wholeheartedly. We have to return to the things that caused us to love Him in the first place. Ask the Father, in the name of Jesus, to renew your relationship and passion. The fire of the Holy Spirit will bring your fervency. That fire will spread, and God will once again, or for the first time, consume your life. This is living for God. Living for God does not exempt you from having to go through life. It causes you to walk the path differently and with someone by your side.
I don’t know who this is for today, but if you find yourself not living for God. Go back, find God, and ask Him to fix it. I pray that your light will continue to burn bright.
I love you all.