I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH
TEXT: MATT. 16:10-15, ISAIAH. 58:1-9
MINISTERING: PST (MRS.) EMEM JORDAN AKADA
(The church) If Isaiah 58 must be profitable to us then we have to observe and following:
- Servanthood: Servanthood in this context talks about someone who’s out to serve the master at all cost.
Servanthood is all about serving in God’s kingdom. It is the ladder to attain height in the kingdom of God. Now note, no servanthood no service. Good and proper management has to do with service. And if you don’t serve today you cannot manage well tomorrow.
- Signs of servanthood:
[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Philippians 2:3 KJV)
Number one sign to know that someone is a servant indeed is humility. Absence of humility always brings problem in any gathering. It takes humility for you to keep yourself low and see another person’s work as something. Absence of humility makes you to think whatever anybody does in the church is nonsense.
- Every servant carries the spirit of preparedness:
A servant is always prepared for the next command come rain or sun, He/she is always prepared for the next instruction and commands.
(1Tim. 4:7-8, 2Tim. 3:17)
- Always ready to serve where needed:
A servant must be ready to serve where needed and not where he/she is not needed.
For though I be free from all [men], yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all [men], that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with [you]. ( 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 KJV)
- He/she serves God directly not by proxy, not by delegating or representation.
- Living by Example:
(Titus 2:3-5, Prov. 31:30).
You preach a quick and fast message with your lifestyle to people. Your lifestyle is expected to affect your neighbours in Church positively.
It is expected of you as an old person to welcome newcomers, teach and show them good example. But it’s quite unfortunate that now adays, new converts are the ones teaching older people in some churches, this is so shameful.
Women are good observers both in our families and in the house of God, our work places and even in occasions. Encourage and exhort one another in sincerity.
N/B: Wisdom is the product of fearing the Lord.
- Be always available and be willing to be used by God:
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38 KJV)
There’s difference between obedience and being willing. Your obedience must be backed up with willingness. Willing obedience guarantees harvest of the good of the land (Isaiah 1: 19).
- Be dedicated to service. (Luke 2:36-37)
- Guide others to become Effective. Acts 18:24
- Work in Love and obedience to God.
- Tell others what Jesus has done for you. (John 4:39)
N/B: It is not a bad thing to encourage someone in church with what Jesus has done for you.
- Be a liberal and a generous giver.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. (Proverbs 31:20 KJV)
The poor here talks about someone who is in need, someone who needs what you have more than you do, in so doing that’s makes you liberal and generous. Don’t think of lowering the standard you came to meet, instead look for ways to improve the standard. Don’t make your recipients your slave, because in this life things change.
The person you think you are giving help today, by tomorrow may become your giver. The person you are looking at, like a poor collector; can, may and will become a rich giver tomorrow. Don’t look down on any man. You are not God; God is still the lifter of men. The church you are despising today will not remain despised forever.
Jesus is the builder of His church. He shed His blood for His Church. The prosperity of the Church is His delight.
He will build His Church spiritually, physically, materially, numerically and otherwise.
- I receive grace to serve in God’s kingdom.
- Oh Lord baptizes me with spirit of wisdom for service Amen.
- I receive profits in my service in the kingdom Amen.