CHRIST LIFE CHURCH
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT MINISTRIES
THE JOY OF SERVING THE LORD
Introduction: A purpose for our creation is worship and service unto the Lord God. Matt. 4:10. We are to fulfil this purpose perfectly when we are redeemed. The reason for deliverance from Egypt as spiritual, Israel is to serve the Lord our God. Deut. 10-12. In service lies fulfilment.
It is very clear from the scriptures that every thing a man does goes into eternal record. And only that which was done for the Lord counts in the light of eternity. An earthly toil may attract a reward, but only on earth; whereas God pays the faithful “servant” both on this world and in that to come. A day of Judgement is coming when every believer will stand before the judgement Seat of Christ to give account of things done during his sojourn on earth.
No one should therefore be idle, but be actively involved in the work of the Kingdom, there are many areas you can be involved. Seek opportunities to build in God’s Kingdom, be useful in the Lord’s Vineyard. This will also accelerate your spiritual growth.
1. Areas In Which You Can Serve
(a) Personal Evangelism: This is the person to person sharing of the gospel message with a view to leading the individual to Christ. it has be approached with a sense of utmost seriousness for three principal reasons;
- Should the sinner die and go to hell, as a result of your negligence, God will require his blood from your hand. Ezk. 33. 7-9.
- There is no other way by which a man can be saved apart from the gospel. Mk. 16:16; Acts 4:12.
- The gospel is part of our spiritual armour. Eph. 6:15.
Be a witness unto the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8). A delay is very dangerous. Jn. 4:35; Matt. 9:30.
(b) Prayer: It is your duty and obligation to expand the Kingdom of God through prayers and intercession. Pray for conversion of souls, other believers, men of God and the progress of the work. Ps. 2:8.
(c) Giving: The giving of your substances for the advancement of the kingdom of God. Give money (after paying your tithes), houses, land, cars, etc. – anything you can afford. It takes sacrificial giving to advance the work. Acts. 4:34-37.
(d) Serving In The House Of The Lord: There are abundant opportunities to serve in the house of the Lord in various capacities. You can join any of the units in the Church. Make sure you are not idle. Invest your skill, talents and gifts.
2. The Benefits Of Serving Your God
(a) Divine Healing and Health: As a result of serving the Lord, you are kept in sound health so that you can be more effective and your life brings glory and fruits to God. Ex.23:25
(b) Divine Protection: You are protected from every satanic attack. This is an heritage reserved for the servants of the Lord. it is a sort of heaven’s immunity. Isa. 54:17.
(c) Prosperity and Abundance: As you serve the Lord with joy, he releases divine prosperity upon you. It may not happen immediately, but as you continue in your faithful service, there will certainly be a breakthrough. Isa. 1:19; Job 36:11.
(d) His Abiding Presence The presence of the Lord goes with you as you serve Him. He anoints you to be a blessing. He reveals Himself from time to time and brings encouragement wen the going is rough. Matt. 28:20; Ex. 33:14.
(e) Honour: God Himself honours you! Jn 12:26. There is a double honour you enjoy by virtue of service. 1 Tim. 5:17.
(f) Divine Promotion: As you follow and serve the Lord, He progressively promotes you, spiritually and in all areas of your life. Matt. 4:19. The promotion continues until you sit with Him on the throne. Rev. 3:21
3. The Coming Judgements
(a) Life Is a Period of Probation: The lifetime of a man is time of probation at the end of which comes Judgement. Both the righteous and the wicked shall be judged. Every wicked that ever lived on earth will face a trial before being consigned to the lake of fire for eternity at the white Throne Judgement. Rev. 20:11-15; Acts. 17:31. Every believer too will be judged. 2 Cor. 5:10; Rom 14:10. But the purpose of the believers Judgement is both to examine individual’s work and determine his rewards:
- Works, both good and bad shall be judged. 1 Cor. 3:11-15
- Even giving a cup of cold water attracted a reward. Matt 10:42
- Doctrine shall be judged. Rom. 2:14-16
- Idle words shall be judged. Matt. 12:32-37
- Broken promises and wrong dealings Rom. 1:29-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-1
- Loose living, neglected opportunities, wasted talents shall be judged. Gal. 6:1-10; 1 Cor. 4:5
(b) The Eternal Rewards: The benefits received on earth for serving the Lord are mere “fringe benefits”. There are eternal rewards in form of crowns.
I. The Crown of Life: Jam. 1:12
II. The Crown of Righteousness: 2 Tim. 4:8. This is for faithfulness in divine service.
This is better for the believer that endures temptations and persecutions and overcome them. Such did not allow any distraction or opposition to prevent him from serving the Lord.
III. The Incorruptible Crown: 1 Cor. 9:25
Everyone that runs the race with joy and faithfully finishes his course on earth shall receive this crown.
IV. The Soul-winner’s Crown or the Crown of Rejoicing: 1 Thes. 2:19. The one who wins souls and turns others from darkness to light.
V. The Crown of Glory: 1 Pet. 5:4
This crown is for leaders, elders and ministers who do their jobs dutifully well, feeding the flock of God and watching over the souls of men.
Conclusion: Everyone should therefore be involved in divine service. Invest everything you have and are. Do not look at anybody’s attitude except it will encourage you to serve better. We shall individually stand before the judgement seat of Christ. Your works shall be rewarded.
Memory Verse: “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. Josh. 24:15b