Wherever there is no revelation, there will never be true obedience. Know why you do things. Micah 6:6-7 What can we bring to the LORD? Should we bring him burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? When God put a word in you, its you and Him. It’s during actualization that the devil comes in. He will give you reasons why you should not obey God. God put an idea for you to do something, once you put money to it, the value suffers. If you value created things more than God, you cannot rise to the level he want you. Genesis 22:2 “Take your son, your only son-yes, Isaac, whom you love so much-and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” There is always a wrestle in our mind that the devil brings when it’s time to commit ourselves to God. Like the snake in the garden, what fruit is Satan showing you, what earthly thing has he shown you for you not to obey God. When you have to go to church and it’s holiday, a thought of resting might come and you valuate between resting and attending church. God has taught us how to give and how to put value to what He want. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Giving to God should be revealed to us otherwise we see the pastor and we decide to reduce the offering. See God and remove people. Though you are giving in church, always remember that you are doing it for God not the pastor. God cannot receive the physical gifts, he has no hand but has put people around us as his proxies. Proverbs 3:9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Those that God has put in charge, are trusted to use the things responsibly if not God deals with them. Sometimes it’s not even material things, your time spent with God is very important. Holy Spirit can invite you into prayer time and you have reasons not to wake up. Numbers 18:13 All the first crops of their land that the people present to the LORD belong to you. Any member of your family who is ceremonially clean may eat this food.
There is a formula for giving. A hand that is holding something cannot receive. As you release what is in you more comes in. Always remember that there is nothing man can do to mKe God relevant. Giving is not a bribe. You don’t give expecting a return. Give from your heart. Dedicate yourself to God because you understand why not because you want to please your partner or your family. Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full-pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
Serve faithfully on your current position no matter how low it might be. As a follower be faithful to your leader. To be great leader be the best servant. Luke 16:10-12 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?
1 Corinthians 4:1-2 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
Servanthood require faithfulness. You have to be committed to be a true servant. You cannot serve two masters. Once there is a split in the mind, servanthood starts to suffer. While serving, don’t allow your mind to wonder around without control. Once a negative thought cross your mind about your mentor, that is the beginning of drawing away from your master.
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
As you serve under the servants of God, ask for wisdom to be able to serve faithfully. Servanthood requires anointing. Servants of God are human beings, because of the close relationship with them, you’ll also know their weaknesses but the weaknesses must not change how you see them. David understood this while serving under Saul, in the mist of all challenges, he continued to respect him. 1 Samuel 24:5-6 But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the LORD’s anointed one, for the LORD himself has chosen him.”
When Moses decide to marry the Ethiopian woman, Aaron and Miriam spoke against him and said things which angered God. There is our thoughts and there is the thought of God. Numbers 12:8 I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?”
David is perhaps a perfect example of the weaknesses that the elect can have yet God continues to use them and hold them dear. 2 Samuel 11:2 Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath.
Ask God to give you a disciplined mind so that your thoughts about your master are always positive. Sometimes they may deal with you in an unfair manner like Saul did to David. As you serve, it’s not everyday where it will be all smiles sometimes, there will be disagreements but always remember why you met.
When you serve,sometimes you are follow even if you don’t understand.2 Kings 2:6 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the LORD has told me to go to the Jordan River.” But again Elisha replied, “As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together.
Because of his commitment, Elisha inherited his mentor’s cloak. 2 Kings 2:13 Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak, which had fallen when he was taken up. Then Elisha returned to the bank of the Jordan River.
Everybody want to be a leader and few are prepared to follow. Matthew 19:30 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then. Many people want to be served than to serve. Matthew 23:11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” How many pastors, politician, managers or business people serves the people who are with them. Today instead of serving, these positions gives power to abuse people.