How are we to be what we are meant to be? A preacher, a teacher, a deacon, a church secretary, a witness, one of the board of trustees, the list goes on. It does not matter the size of the local church body that we may be affiliated with. It boils down to:
A faithful fruit tree will bring forth faithful followers.
How do we live?
By being a faithful Servant.
Church Hymnal, page 162, Living By Faith:
I care not today what the morrow may bring,
If shadow or sunshine or rain,
The Lord I know ruleth o’er everything
And all of my worries are vain.
Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love
From all harm safe in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.
We are also to live justly, to live holy, to live upright, to be transformed, and to be renewed.
We are to be Situated in the Lord.
We are to be Saturated in the Word.
We are to be Separated from the World.
We can be Sanctified by God.
The unfaithful will not get the same rewards as the faithful. We are not to strive for rewards but for the love of the Lord.
How do we work?
By Searching for souls.
Are we are losing the battle for souls? We can see that the world has so much more to offer today than ever before. We have failed in evangelism, we have failed God, and we have failed the souls that are out there. We do more for the church building, the music programs, and our church functions may have increased, but the winning of souls has decreased. We have been too busy making the church look like the world and pleasing to the world, instead of training disciples to go out into the world. Those who preach the Gospel, those who teach the Gospel, those who witness the Gospel, and any other believer should live the Gospel.
There should be a difference between church growth and growing the church. It is not about filling the church house but emptying hell and filling heaven with souls. The only people that do not know that there are souls out there searching for something are those who are not out there searching for souls. Have we ever wondered why some churches are so popular? Because they go out to where the souls are. They do not just sit in their comfort zone waiting on people to show up.
How do we die?
By being a good Soldier.
Where are all the good spiritual soldiers? Have they all retired, or did they all die in battle? What does the military do? They train to fight. There is a war out there. A spiritual war. There should never be a war within the church.
God did not call us to be a CEO, (Chief Executive Officers) of the church but Combat Effect Officers…spiritual workers. It is not about the pay, the position, the prestige, the perks, or the promotions. It is about our sacrifice, our servanthood, our soldiering, and soul winning. Where are our battle scars?
We have been chosen to reach the lost.
Who bids for our soul?
The Devil promises fame, fortune, wealth, and praise, but only delivers sin and sorrow. Jesus is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, forgiveness, patience, and everlasting life. Who will come and go with me? I am bound for the promised land.
Church Hymnal, page 397, Who Is That Knocking?
Who is that calling for me to come, Come and be saved from sin?
Who is that knocking at my heart’s door, Wanting to be let in?
Who is that knocking, calling, seeking, Who is that troub’ling my soul?
Surely tis Jesus, asking, pleading, Wanting to make me whole.