So here’s an interesting bit of information . If you are ever wondering why our churches are declining in attendance and support, wonder no longer. This article will attempt to clear up any confusion on the subject matter.
The believers of this world or should I say the true believers of Christ are faced with a dilemma that may cause us to really sit up and pay attention. That dilemma is recovering the true identity and purpose of our calling in Christ.
There has to be a reason that the light we should have in this world is now dim and sometimes undetected in today’s world.
Have we, believers in Christ, forgotten our calling and purpose by surrendering to the cares of this world?
Are we, believers, just so caught up with things that have nothing to do with accomplishing the purpose God has set before us? Do we settle for less?
This article will deal with maybe something we, believers, have not considered, “It May Just Be Me Oh Lord!!!” “I Want To Be Served, Not Serve!!”
This may seem like the subject matter is a bit harsh but just be patient for a moment and things will become clear.
The whole concept of serving God deals with just that “serving”. When this word is used, one must think of what it really means “to serve” in the church (ministry). It is important that we also understand the process of being a servant.
A servant above all is “someone who serves”.
If each of us would keep the above statement in mind, it will be obvious to us how we have strayed from the meaning God intended for us. This is a process that we should fulfill daily. Yet, we have the presence of something called “B.U.G.S.”(Being Under The Grip Of Satan) that seems to stick its head up more often than it should.
1 Peter 4:10 states, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified …”
Clearly, there is a purpose for the gifts God has given to us. His intention was for us to use them effectively to SERVE OTHERS and GIVE HIM PRAISE. Somewhere, we as believers, have gotten off course. The impact that this sinful world has in our lives seems to have crept into the crevices that are not so obvious and have begun to take more and more of our lives.
We live in a world that encourages the concept of selfishness. It’s all about “ME”. My time, My money, My processions, My Feelings, My Opinion, My, My, My….can you see the pattern of deception.
The focus is turning or has turned to personal gain instead of delighting in serving God. Now, don’t get the wrong impression!!! We love saying that we are a servant of God but in reality many times it is just not the case.
Our perfect example was, of course, Jesus. Jesus came to serve not to be served.
Mark 10:45 states…”For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
If we take a moment to think about how off track we are when it comes to serving others, it’s not hard to see a pattern of selfishness in our lives.
It’s no longer trying to support the ministry in outreach but the complaint is now “I have other things to do”.
It’s no longer trying to get to Sunday School or Bible study to receive more of God’s word but now it’s “I want to do other things, or I don’t have time”
So the question is not why I can’t take my kids to Sunday school or better yet be there myself, but it’s “Well who’s going to take them, not me!!!” “I’m tired and have worked all week!!”
It’s not the fact that ministry needs financial support to survive but now it’s “I have better things to do with MY MONEY”
It’s not so much people within our community need help but now it’s “I wish they would get a job or I have better things to do with MY TIME”
Patience, love, giving, long-suffering are hard to come by when it deals with the ministry. This is another one of those B.U.G.S. (Being Under The Grip Of Satan). You see, this is a trick that Satan uses because we have allowed our lives to be filled with the “ME VIRUS”. Simply put, “It’s All About Me Sickness!!
Satan will use this against us and make sure it continues to grow because he knows that our attention is not on God but on “ME” (the virus that absorbs all of you and there is no room for God or the idea of servant-hood.)
Selfishness grows instead of Selflessness. Those of us that are in this terrible condition must realize it’s all about the attitude of giving, serving, loving, and lifting Jesus up. The ME factor, i.e. it’s all about ME, has to take a seat in order to serve properly in God’s kingdom
So one can understand the pressure the world places in front of us. Yet, the key is staying under the grace and love of God. This is what protects us against the ways of the world. Understand that the world is sinful. It’s focus is on gain, selfishness, and money. These are intertwined into it’s (the world) fabric.
Romans 12:1-2 states…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.And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The “ME VIRUS” takes hold, even more, when we don’t allow the opportunity that God gives us to renew our minds daily. This process occurs so that we can learn daily how to submit and serve joyfully in this world of sin. Things move very fast in this world. When we are caught up in the process, there is no room left to “SERVE”.
It leaves no room to give more of yourself to God’s purpose. Loving others and serving others seems more and more in the past rather than something we should do daily.
B.U.G.S. (Being Under The Grip Of Satan) will sift the concept of serving out of us and cause us to justify what we do simply because “WE (ME) ARE GROWN” …I DO WHAT I WANT…I GO WHERE I WANT…I SERVE WHO I WANT…MY TIME IS MY TIME…
Can you see the pattern?
Matthew 28:18-20 states …”And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I …“
We (believers of Christ) all are called to be servants. In this calling, we must do it to the glory of God. We must realize the true meaning of our calling and know that it is an indispensable quality of ministry that we must maintain.
Living should be a joy given by Christ. Sharing that joy with others and serving in the midst of that joy is essential. Living is giving of ourselves. Anything that we do that does not support this concept is true selfishness. The “ME” factor becomes the realization that somewhere along the line, you have allowed your life to become isolated from God and His purpose.
So to put it gently…IT’S ME, OH LORD.
Help me to get back to the things of your kingdom. Help me to be the servant you need.
Show me daily how to serve others with love and compassion.
Show me how to serve you daily so that I can be a better servant.
Help me to get back in your presence.
Help me to realize that material things and the “ME” things in life will fade away.
I want to recover the servant-hood of my life. Teach me how to live and give more of “ME” to you, my Savior.
Colossians 3:23-24 states…”Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.“
The question comes up about whether or not we as individuals are ready to allow God to be the head of our lives. Yes, we call ourselves believers and followers of God, but the real truth to consider is “Are we walking with Christ daily as true believers? Yes, we believe … but only if it does not interfere with our agenda. When that happens, then what?
Dying to ourselves and what we want can be very hard to do if we are not depending on God’s grace and mercy. So we have realized the fact that we are called out to be Christians, yet the call can sometimes be hindered by our own selfish motives and desires. We must renounce the so-called right to guide our own lives and strictly depend on God. So the B.U.G.S. (Being Under The Grip Of Satan) will have no grip on how we serve!!
Something to think about my fellow servants of Christ!! Please glean what you need from this and turn the “ME” factor over to God! Who better to guide you??
Thank you for listening…
Prayerfully Submitted (An Unfinished Story)
Evang. Debbie Watkins
Disclaimer* These posts are no in any way posted based on expert input. My expertise comes from LIVING LIFE in the CHURCH. Please read with an open mind, attitude, and heart. Thank you.