We cannot continue to be deceived by Satan’s scheme that leads many to believe that Salvation can be gained through the ritual of “worship and service” to God in a man-made building. As if serving God were a part-time job or weekend hobby. If we are Christians, followers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then our sole purpose is to give God our lives as He gave the life of His Son for us. Think about it, there are 168 hours in a week and many of us give God a mere 2-4 hours and yet expect Him to reward us with favor and glory. Let’s look at it from a worldly perspective: if you were a boss, who is responsible for the production and conduct of full-time employees, and you had some employees that decided to only do some of their duties. In fact you notice they only do the easiest tasks, while neglecting the more important ones. You have already had several conversations with these employees about their responsibilities and you warned them their employment would be in jeopardy if their performance did not improve; yet they still failed refused to change. What would you do? Remember, our call or job description is to be Servants of God, and what we serve is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For it is only through the life giving Gospel of Jesus Christ that man can be saved (John 14:6, Acts 4:12) so we make it our duty to share this Gospel with all mankind. We are Ministers of Reconciliation and Ambassadors of Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:18-20) and by sharing God’s Word and testimony we urge me to repent and give their lives to God.
It is our duty to hold out the Gospel of truth and eternal life to the souls of those lost in darkness. The first step to being a Servant of God is to repent and turn away from our lives of sin and humbly seek the gift of grace that comes through Christ Jesus. Confess your sins, and cast your insecurities and fears on Him (1 Peter 5:6-7). God has a plan for His servants and children. He has plans to prosper you and to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11-12). Jesus said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30. God is inviting you to learn from Him and about Him directly. He is not calling us into religion nor traditional ways of worship. On the contrary, He is inviting us to have an intimate relationship with Him through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will begin to see things in God’s Word that you never saw before. You will thirst and hunger for greater insight and revelation as grow in your understanding of the depth of God’s love for us. You will know His anger and the frustration He bears from His very own creations. You will truly understand how unworthy we are of His grace and mercy. You will truly fear His wrath and the coming judgement in a way that singes the soul and prompts you to take action. Then you will become a willing servant whose sole purpose is to please the Father because you know Him and understand His love for us. You’ll find yourself in direct opposition to the very people and things that you once revered in your ignorance. You will be persecuted by those who claim to love God, just as you once did (John 16:2). You will be betrayed by many that you once thought were friends and loved ones. You will truly bear the Cross of Christ Jesus and partake in His suffering. Then you will know what the Apostle Paul meant when he said “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Loving God is sacrificing all that we are, in order to gain all that He has. “Many are called, but the chosen are few” (Matthew 22:14).
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” Matthew 16:24-26
“How long will you waiver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him” 1 Kings 18:21.
“No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” Matthew 6:24.
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons” 1 Corinthians 10:21.
“Because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth” Revelation 3:16.
“The LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the LORD your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth” Deuteronomy 6:15.
This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord.“These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. Isaiah 66:1-2