9/2/10

Great Should Be Our Faithfulness

(Published in the Cordele Dispatch 9/2/10)
This is the time of year when many churches are beginning their new church year. Nominating committees have been busy rounding up volunteers to serve in their church ministries. While the committees are most definitely hoping to fill all vacant slots for these volunteer positions, I believe I can safely say that they are hoping even more for complete faithfulness and dedication of those volunteers.
It’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of “volunteerism” when the new church year is on the horizon. We dream of lessons we can teach and songs we can sing. We can earnestly want to be used by God to make a difference in the lives of others. We can know what our spiritual gifts and God-given talents are and be willing to use them for the Lord’s work. But if we do not remain faithful, how much good can come of it?
Imagine if the disciples had not been faithful to what Christ asked them to do. It was most definitely not easy for them to carry out all of their duties, but they remained faithful to the cause and so must we. Paul had a “thorn” in his flesh, yet he didn’t use it as an excuse not to “press on” and complete his work. I’m not sure what his thorn was, but I could name a few I have experienced! I won’t right now, though [grin]. It’s easy to be motivated and faithful during those mountain top experiences, but it’s our faithfulness in the valleys that prove us to be genuine disciples of Christ. And if we aren’t genuine, people will see right through us. Yes, we will have bad days – days when we don’t feel like teaching a lesson or singing praise, but it’s when we choose to follow through that we honor Christ.
Do you think Jesus felt like staying up all night to pray or getting up while it was still dark to find time alone with the Lord? He was half man! Did he really feel like sitting there and being ridiculed and judged by the Pharisees? Did he feel like listening to the disciples ask the craziest of questions and worry about the wrong things? Yet He relied on God to give him strength to complete the many tasks at hand. He endured the cruelest of beatings, carried a heavy cross on his back until someone was forced to help him, and he endured the pain of sin and suffering while hanging on that cross. He did all of this for you and for me. He knew what his job was here on this earth and he honored His Father by completing it.
There’s nothing wrong with having to say “no” to some opportunities – even good opportunities. But we must know in our heart what Christ’s will is for us. We must choose wisely what we think Christ wants us to do and do it faithfully. If Christ cannot trust us to be faithful in things we willingly choose to do, how can we remain faithful to Him in times of trial and hardship brought on by this fallen world?
Romans 8:18 (King James) reminds us: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”. Let’s choose this day to serve Christ and be faithful in all we do.

1 comment:

mountain mama said...

amen!

sometimes i wake up and honestly don't "feel" like being a mom that day.

life isn't about feelings.

have a great weekend :)