R.I.P

24 10 2011

If you have been in church long enough, you will have been taught that you need to serve God in some area in order to grow spiritually. You may have been taught that you must serve as an usher or as a member of the choir.

We have personally ‘served’ in many different ministries in the church, from evangelism to bible school. We carried water to the pastors when they were preaching and we waited on them. We got so busy ‘serving’ so many different ministries in the church that we were  busy every night of the week excepting Saturday evenings. It felt good to be busy ‘serving’ the Lord. The problem was that after a while we got so busy doing things for God, that we lived ‘past’ God. We lost our intimacy with God. I remember thinking that I was a poser! People were looking up to us for ‘divine guidance’ and on the inside we were ‘dying spiritually’ – or that is what it felt like! We felt like we were in a dessert. After being so busy for a few years, I ended up in hospital as my body just broke down! It was finished and it was showing me in no uncertain terms that I needed to take stock of my life.

Then we were ‘promoted’ because of our faithful ‘serving’- servant-hood being quoted and highlighted in our lives! We began to pastor a church and we ‘served’ the people faithfully. We also taught them what we believed about ‘serving’ , that the key to promotion in God’s Kingdom was servant-hood!!!

After a few years, God began to reveal to us, or rather we began to listen to Him, that He wants us to know Him! Very simply that is what He wanted from us. It was a shock to our systems because we were performance driven people. We had to do something to please God! To cut a long story short, God is busy saving our souls – our mind, will and emotions, and He is teaching us through His Holy Spirit that we do not need to ‘do’ anything anymore to be His sons. All we need to do is ‘be’! Christ is our life and we do whatever He does, we say whatever He says, and we go wherever He goes. We have found rest, and we are enjoying every moment of it.

Please look at these next 2 scriptures and let the Lord reveal this beautiful truth to you.

Luk 15:25-31 KJV  Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.  (26)  And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.  (27)  And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.  (28)  And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.  (29)  And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:  (30)  But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.  (31)  And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

The prodigal’s brother was busy working in His Fathers field. He was a ‘perfect’ son, and yet he did not know his Father. Doesn’t this sound like a whole lot of church people today?

And again this truth is stated, this time in the lives of Mary and Martha.

Luk 10:39-42 MKJV  And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.  (40)  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she came to Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.  (41)  And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.  (42)  But one thing is needful, and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

At the end of the day it is a choice we have to make, do we want to be kept busy doing things and serving God and being distracted, or do we want to know Him! The choice is ours! R.I.P – Rest in Peace – In Him – right now!!!!


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